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January 13, 2014
RELEASE 14-004
Traverse City School Experiment Among NASA Cargo on Space Station

An experiment designed by Traverse City West Senior High School in Traverse City, Mich., is among the cargo which arrived to the International Space Station Sunday on the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission.

Designed by tenth graders, the experiment, entitled “Antibiotic Efficiency in a Microgravity Environment,” is part of the NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science Education-Falcon II payload.

This experiment seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of antibiotics in microgravity through testing the strength of the antibiotic cephalexin on the skin bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis. The goal of this research is to eventually be able to better protect crew members in space from infectious bacteria.

Orbital-1 is NASA's first contracted resupply mission to the space station by U.S. company Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft launched atop the company's Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia on Jan. 9. Expedition 38 crew members captured the Orbital-1 Cygnus using the space station's robotic arm at 6:08 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

Orbital developed its Antares and Cygnus with NASA and successfully completed a test mission to the space station in September, enabling the first of eight planned contract resupply flights by the company. The capsule is scheduled to remain attached to the station through mid-January. It then will return for a destructive reentry in Earth’s atmosphere.

The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. The space station has had continuous human occupation since November 2000. In that time it has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.

For more information about the Orbital-1 mission and the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

Katherine K. Martin
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
216-433-2406
katherine.martin@nasa.gov

Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
jbuck@nasa.gov

Susan Anderson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
susan.h.anderson@nasa.gov


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