Exomed Microbiome Bacteria (Space Tango Payload Card Exomed Microbiome Bacteria) - 10.22.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The goal of the Space Tango Payload Card Exomed Microbiome Bacteria investigation is to study common microbiome bacteria, and their response to the microgravity environment.
Science Results for Everyone
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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Dave Schnell, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States

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Space Tango, Inc., Lexington, KY, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
September 2016 - April 2017

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview
In the Space Tango Payload Card Exomed Microbiome Bacteria, the response of microbiome bacteria is monitored for change in growth and behavior during a 72 hour period on orbit.


  • Dehydrated bacteria are activated on orbit utilizing common medium mixtures.
  • Bacteria are allowed to incubate and grow on orbit for 72 hours.
  • Bacteria are stored at 4°C temperature for return to Earth.

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Space Applications
The Space Application for this investigation has yet to be identified.

Earth Applications
The Earth Application for this investigation has yet to be identified.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
The science is contained in a 2U CubeLab attached to a Payload Card for soft-stow ascent, operates in the TangoLab-1, and is soft-stowed for return. The crew installs the Payload Card into the TangoLab-1, where autonomous operations occur, and then the crew removes and stows the hardware for return. The Payload Card is returned after the completion of the mission on the next available return vehicle (same vehicle as ascent is preferred) and turned over to the Space Tango/PI team at recovery.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites
Space Tango Website
University of Kentucky Website

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