Activity of Mutated Drosophila in Microgravity (Space Tango Payload Card Fruit Flies) - 11.21.17

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Two tubes of Drosophila, one containing Wild Type and the other Chromosome 2 Mutant flies, are flown to the International Space Station (ISS) for the Activity of Mutated Drosophila in Microgravity (Space Tango Payload Card Fruit Flies) investigation to evaluate the activity of mutated fruit flies in microgravity. The tubes are lit by LEDs, and a webcam takes pictures every 10 minutes and three time-lapse videos per 16-hour light cycle so researchers can compare behavior in the two types of flies. The experiment operates in TangoLab-1, a reconfigurable experiment ecosystem designed for microgravity research aboard the ISS.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Gentry Barnett, Space Tango, Lexington, KY, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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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 2017 - February 2018

Expeditions Assigned
53/54

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The purpose of the Activity of Mutated Drosophila in Microgravity (Space Tango Payload Card Fruit Flies) investigation is to evaluate the behavior of two different samples of Drosophila in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
  • The fruit flies experiment consists of two plastic tubes containing Wild Type and Chromosome 2 Mutant Drosophila. The tubes are lit by LEDs. A webcam is situated at one end of the tubes, looking down the long axis of each tube. This webcam supplies 640x480 pictures every 10 minutes, and three time-lapse “videos” per 16-hour light cycle.

Description

In this experiment, the goal is to determine if there are any visible differences in flight between normal Drosophila flies and mutant Drosophila flies in microgravity. A terrestrial control version of the experiment is also performed. The specific aim of the experiment is to identify if there are any positive differences in movement by placing the flies in a microgravity environment.

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Applications

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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Operations

Operational Requirements and Protocols
The science is contained in a 2-Unit (2U) CubeLab attached to Payload Card-3 for cold-stow ascent. The experiment operates in the TangoLab and is soft-stow returned. The crew installs the payload card into the TangoLab, where autonomous operations occur, and upon completion the crew removes and stows the hardware for return to Earth. The Payload Card is returned on the same vehicle flown to the ISS and turned over to the Space Tango/PI team during early return, either in Houston, TX or at the California airport.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites
Space Tango

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