NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) (NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM)) - 11.08.18

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) teaches students the different microbial growths from a home-school setting and those in microgravity using near-identical flight kits flown and operated in the International Space Station (ISS). With access to an online portal, students swab away, paralleling the procedures of crew members and comparing results with online videos and datasets. The investigation aims to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to the next generation of students.
Science Results for Everyone
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The following content was provided by Carie Lemack, MBA, MPA, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Carie Lemack, MBA, MPA, DreamUP, Washington, DC, United States

Mariel Rico, NanoRacks, Houston, TX, United States
Carl W. Carruthers, Jr., Ph.D., NanoRacks LLC, Webster, TX, United States

DreamUp, Washington, DC, United States
Lowell Center for Space Science and Technology, Lowell, MA, 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

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The objective of NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) is to engage learners around the globe and excite the next generation of students to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • The aim is to inspire learners to enroll in STEM subjects in grades 5 through 10.
  • Learners have a chance to grow their own microbes, based off cultures obtained in their home and school environments, and compare them to microbes grown from cultures obtained on the ISS.

NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) is a kit designed to teach students about the presence of microbial growth on surfaces of the International Space Station (ISS) and in their own homes/schools. Students use ground kits and are granted access to videos and data from a near-identical flight kit flown and operated on the ISS via an online portal. Once the NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) experiment arrives on station, crew members swab parts of the ISS and allow the cultures to grow in the supplied petri dishes. Photos are taken of the petri dishes at regular intervals.

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Space Applications
The investigation uses the space station as an educational platform, which in turn inspires the next generation of space explorers. Upon completion, investigators are able to evaluate the efficiency of the project and make improvements for future education projects aboard the ISS.

Earth Applications
The NanoRacks-DreamUp Xtronaut Microbe (DreamXM) experiment establishes a connection between learners and the space program. In light of the effects of microgravity, learners are made aware of the effects of gravity and how it plays a role in their everyday lives. Moreover, the project inspires learners to enroll in STEM subjects and pursue STEM-related careers.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
The flight kit is kept in cold stowage until operations begin. Upon removal from cold stowage, the kit is allowed time to warm-up. A crew member with gloves on swabs assigned locations. The swabbed samples are applied to the agar. The time, date and location of swab are marked on re-sealable bags and/or plate lids. Petri dish lids are held closed with tape, put into re-sealable bags, and stowed until crew interaction. Crew members periodically check on the petri dishes and take pictures. The kit is disposed of when the mission is completed.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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