NanoRacks-Valley Christian High School-Bacillus Subtilis Bacteria Growth (NanoRacks-VCHS-B. Subtilis) - 07.14.16
Information Pending Experiment Details
Valley Christian High School , San Jose, CA, United States
Dan Saldana, ISS Project Leader, Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA, United States
NanoRacks LLC, Webster, TX, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Laboratory Education (NLE)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2011 - May 2012
- The goal of NanoRacks-Valley Christian High School-Bacillus Subtilis Bacteria Growth (NanoRacks-VCHS-B. Subtilis) is to suspend and reanimate the bacteria, Bacillus subtillus, in space and analyze its potential usefulness in disposing of hazardous waste. Through this experiment, a bacteria-sustaining broth is created, as well as, a method to prompt the bacteria to hibernate.
- Research is important for understanding concepts and reviewing background information concerning the experiments. NanoRacks-VCHS-B. Subtilis research and insight on bacteria help experimenters design future projects, specifically with future partner schools Valley Christian High School is teaming up with.
- NanoRacks-VCHS-B. Subtilis research is used to increase the general public’s knowledge and to bring space research to a high school level. The research will also help future schools replicate the experiment and perform their own unique projects.
In order to ensure crew health during space flight and long duration missions, an understanding of how bacteria behave in microgravity leads to better prevention and treatment of infections.
Operational Requirements and Protocols
NanoRacks Module-18 is completely autonomous and only requires installation and removal. NanoRacks Module–18 does not return to earth.
Crew interaction with Module-18 is limited to transferring the NanoRacks locker Insert from the launch vehicle to the ISS, installation and activation of the NanoRacks Frames into the EXPRESS Rack Locker, cleaning of the air inlet filter (as necessary), and data retrieval (as needed) during the mission.
Decadal Survey Recommendations
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