The BASE-A investigation will study the effect of microgravity on bacteria and how bacteria adapts to the microgravity environment on ISS. The data provided by this investigation will give scientists valuable insight into how basic organisms adapt to new environments. This information could prove valuable when planning future long duration expeditions to the Moon and Mars.Principal Investigator(s)
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Mol, , Belgium
European Space Agency (ESA)Sponsoring Organization
Information PendingISS Expedition Duration
September 2006 - April 2007
14Previous ISS Missions
In the BASE-A (Bacterial Adaptation to Space Environments-A) experiment, the science team will study how bacteria cope and adapt to the different space flight environmental parameters (e.g. weightlessness, cosmic radiation, space electromagnetism, space vibrations). Based on these results, scientists will try to assess how such adaptations might influence their potential to contaminate and biodeteriorate the space habitat, their potential to endanger crew health, or their function in waste recycling or food production systems. In the BASE project, scientists will also study the physiology, gene expression, gene rearrangement and gene transfer of cultures of several model bacteria grown under microgravity and other space flight conditions.
Information PendingEarth Applications
Information PendingOperational Protocols
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