SEED-1 and SEED-2 (Space Tango Payload Card SEED-1 and -2) - 10.22.18

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Space Tango Payload Card SEED-1 and -2 (SEED-1 and SEED-2) led by the Chappell Lab within the University of Kentucky, uncovers new chemistries provided through medicinal plants in a microgravity environment. Specifically, the research goal is to unlock novel genetic expressions of chemical capabilities of two plant types, valerian (valeriana officinalis) and periwinkle (catharanthus roseus). This experiment establishes a baseline genetic guideline for medicinal plant seeds (non-germinated), germinates medicinal plants in microgravity, and examines multi-generational plant growth in microgravity that may encourage new gene expression.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Joe Chappelle, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
Information Pending

Developer(s)
Space Tango, Inc., Lexington, KY, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory (NL)

Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2016 - April 2017

Expeditions Assigned
49/50

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

The Space Tango Payload Card SEED-1 and -2 (SEED-1 and SEED-2) experiment seeks to:
  • Characterize compounds for use in chemotherapies to reduce side effects
  • Use the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to coax unique gene expressions for development of better products for use on Earth.
  • Characterization of Madagascar periwinkle and Valerian seeds both passively (SEED-1) and active germination (SEED-2) in microgravity. 


Description

The purpose of the Space Tango Payload Card SEED-1 and -2 (SEED-1 and SEED-2) experiment is to uncover new chemistries provided through medicinal plants in a microgravity environment. Specifically, the research goal is to unlock novel genetic expressions of chemical capabilities of two plant types – valerian (valeriana officinalis) and periwinkle (catharanthus roseus). This experiment is divided into three phases:
  1. Establishing a baseline genetic guideline for medicinal plant seeds (non-germinated);
  2. Germinating the medicinal plants in microgravity;
  3. Multi-generational plant growth in microgravity that may encourage new gene expression.

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Applications

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

Earth Applications
The primary economic impact of the project is the potential discovery of a novel chemical capability of a medicinal plant grown under microgravity conditions. New capabilities could produce new medicinal options for treatment and could provide bio-manufacturing opportunities for microgravity. Additionally, successful completion of this project could produce novel gene expressions of medicinal plants that could have a significant impact on the field of synthetic genomics.

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Operations

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
University of Kentucky

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