Fruit Fly Lab (Fruit Fly Lab) - 12.13.17

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The Fruit Fly Lab provides a research platform aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for long-duration fruit fly (Drosophila Melanogaster) experiments in space. Such experiments will examine how microgravity and other aspects of the space environment affect these insects, providing information relevant to long-term human spaceflight, in particular the response to illness. Approximately 77% of the human disease genes have close matches in the fruit fly genome.
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Facility Details

OpNom: Fruit Fly Lab

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NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

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Facility Description

Facility Overview
Fruit fly spaceflight experiments contribute significantly to our understanding of the effects of microgravity on biological processes that are directly relevant to humans in space. Because of the fly’s short life-span, fruit fly studies provide information at the whole biological system level about the effects of microgravity on the immune system, the development cycle (birth, growth, reproduction, aging), and behavior. Specific research questions are defined in the National Research Council’s 2011 Decadal Survey Report, "Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era."

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Facility Operations

  • Fly Lab (containment & growth)

  • Food change-out (long term growth)

  • Transfer (multiple generations)

  • Treatment (BSL-01 organisms)

  • Freezing (utilizing ISS facilities)

  • Observation (video and circadian lighting, contingent on funding)

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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