Taking a Closer Look
Taking a Closer Look

When organisms from Earth travel to space, they are affected in many different ways. Astronauts on the International Space Station study how living in space influences living things, such as plants and animals.

The Light Microscopy Module (LMM) enables scientists to explore life in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. This microscope does more than just magnify - it provides containment of live organisms and allows tests to be performed over many days using remote commanding from NASA ground stations. The LMM was designed and developed by NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

The first set of biological samples tested by the LMM are from NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The samples were delivered to the station during space shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission. The samples include a set of live C. elegans worms and plant matter.

Pictured is Paolo Nespoli, an astronaut with the European Space Agency and an Expedition 26 flight engineer. He is working with the LMM in the Fluids Integrated Rack on the space station.

Image Credit: NASA

Page Last Updated: August 2nd, 2013
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