Rodent Research Facility (Rodent Research Facility) - 12.22.16
The Rodent Research Facility provides rodent housing on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Animal research is essential for understanding the impacts of space flight on the systems of the human body, and for development of potential therapies that will ease harmful responses to space flight. The advisory panel for Animal and Human Biology appointed by the Committee for the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space was unanimous in its recommendation that an animal habitat be incorporated as soon as possible into the ISS.Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending Facility Details
OpNom: Rodent Research
Cecilia L. Wigley, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
Marla M. Smithwick, Lockheed Maritn, Moffett Field, CA, United States
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Laboratory (NL)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2014 - March 2016; March 2016 - February 2017; March 2017 - September 2017
This hardware is based on the Animal Enclosure Module, which flew numerous times on Shuttle missions.
- Houses up to 10 mice for up to 30 days per unit and additional testing in work to increase this to up to 90 days
- Units can be used serially to extend duration of experiment.
- The crew transfers the mice from the Transporter to the Habitats shortly after docking with the ISS.
- The crew conducts experiment-specific operations in accordance with the Principal Investigator’s requirements.
These operations will include:
- Tissue preservation
- Blood collection and centrifugation
- Bone densitometry.
- At the end of all experiment operations, the hardware and samples are packed for return.
The samples are turned over to the Principal Investigators after splashdown, and the hardware is refurbished for use on another flight.
Decadal Survey Recommendations
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Information PendingResults Publications
Ground Based Results Publications