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Benefits for Humanity: Advancing Human Health

JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide working on Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Microscopy.
Credits: NASA

On board the International Space Station, we help with development of medicine. Without gravity, we get larger chunks of pure protein crystals, which could accelerate the analysis and development process for new medicine

Akihiko Hoshide

Akihiko Hoshide

JAXA Astronaut

Researchers from around the world use the International Space Station to address complex human health problems on Earth, studying disease formation, testing drugs and diagnostic tools, and examining the inner workings of the human body. Much of this work employs unique microgravity tools including protein crystals and tissue chips, as well as devices designed specifically for space but that also have been adapted for use on Earth. 



Last Updated
Sep 29, 2023
Ana Guzman