A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship for NASA launches to the International Space Station as a bright light before dawn.

Antares rocket launches ovarian cells and other wild experiments to NASA’s space station.

Aboard the Northrop Grumman cargo ship that went into orbit early on Monday (November 7), cow ovarian cells are being flown to the space station, along with other exciting science experiments. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship was launched towards the International Space Station (ISS) with the company’s Antares rocket at 5:32 AM (1032 GMT) from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. A fire alarm at the Northrop Grumman Flight Control Center in Dulles, Virginia delayed the launch by 24 hours, necessitating the evacuation of the building. . About eight minutes later, the Cygnus NG-18 spacecraft, named SS Sally Ride in honor of Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut who died in space in 2012, reached orbit and was due to deploy twin solar panels. If all goes well, the Cygnus spacecraft should arrive at the space station early on Wednesday (November 9), where the astronauts will use their robotic arms to capture and It will be attached to an open marina. RELATED: NASA-funded spacesuit technology could help ease menopause A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket carrying the Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship for NASA is launched into the International Space Station on November 7, 2022 from the Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. Image Credit: NASA TV) At a pre-launch briefing on Nov. 5, Heidi Parris, Associate Professor of Space Station Programs at NASA, said, “This is a very exciting time for research on the International Space Station. It offers new research as well as new features. .” The Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship carries 8,265 pounds (3,749 kg) of supplies for the space station crew. This includes 3,608 lbs (1,637 kg) crew supplies, 1,873 lbs (850 kg) scientific equipment, 145 lbs (66 kg) spacewalk equipment, 2,375 lbs (1,077 kg) vehicle hardware and 172 lbs (78 kg) computer. It’s possible. A NASA official said. Northrop Grumman said this flight is the heaviest cargo transport and includes an additional 44 pounds (20 kg) of cargo due to payload optimization. NASA said the cargo ship was launched a week after Halloween, but there were some snacks for the astronauts aboard Cygnus. “This is actually our first approach and is an observational study at the moment,” Fuso, who is also an associate professor at the Sapienza University in Rome, said in a live press conference on October 25. , the researchers will explore possible drug interventions or edible (nutraceutical) additives to improve fertility outcomes in future studies, he added. Also heading to the orbital lab is a 3D printer known as the BioFabrication Facility, which reached space in 2019 to print some. Human knee cartilage (especially meniscus), and a set of human heart cells”. [the printer] “We’re excited to go back to our lab in Indiana and add some new features, like the ability to finally control the temperature of each printhead, and now we’re launching,” said Rich Boling, vice president of corporate development. . At the same meeting, for in-space manufacturing and operation of the company Redwire Space. RELATED: Bioprinter will 3D print human tissue from space station Bowling said it will also manufacture blood vessels and heart tissue for possible patient transplants in the future. Redwire also plans to test the drug’s efficacy in space on “organoids”, or miniatures of organs. Bowling hinted that such research would continue for Orbital. Reef, a Redwire-enabled commercial space station being developed for flight in the 2030s. The project is led by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, and includes partners such as Boeing and Amazon. Some of the other experiments are: The King’s Space Debut is as follows in the words of NASA (Opens in a new tab): Assessing how plants adapt to space: Plants exposed to spaceflight undergo changes that add additional information to the DNA that regulates how genes are turned on or off. However, it does not change the sequence of the DNA itself. This process is called epigenetic change. Plant Habitat-03 (Opens in a new tab) assesses whether these adaptations in one generation of space-grown plants can be passed on to the next. When wildfires burn plants, the chemicals burned create a thin layer of soil that repels rainwater. The rain then turns into lethal advection that erodes the soil and carries heavy rocks and debris downhill, causing serious damage to infrastructure, watersheds and people. Advection microstructure after wildfire (opens in a new tab) evaluates the composition of these advections, including sand, water, and trapped air. First satellite of Uganda and Zimbabwe: BIRDS-5 (Opens in a new tab) is a constellation with CubeSats: PEARLAFRICASAT-1, the first satellite developed in Uganda. Zimbabwe’s first satellite, ZIMSAT-1; And TAKA in Japan. BIRDS-5 uses commercial off-the-shelf cameras to perform multispectral observations of the Earth and demonstrates high-energy electronic measurement instruments. The data collected can help distinguish between bare land and forest and farmland and can indicate the quality of agricultural growth. Powering the Space Station: After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of this year, Roll-Out Solar Arrays (Opens in a new tab) Stage and hardware to be installed outside the station in preparation for Russian rocket engine installation. At the time, Northrop Grumman said the company had enough components for the next two Antares missions. The NG-18 mission launched on Monday and the NG-19 mission likely to be launched in the first half of 2023. “It wasn’t really affected.” Kurt Eberly, director of Northrop Grumman’s space launch program, told reporters before the launch. “We have communicated with the supplier and the situation is normal.” Northrop Grumman is developing an all-new Tier 1 booster made by American company Firefly Aerospace that uses that company’s engine. Dubbed the Antares 330, the rocket is more powerful than current Antares vehicles and has a payload of up to 23,000 pounds (10,500 kg) on ‚Äč‚Äčtrack, allowing Cygnus vehicles to carry up to 11,000 (5,000 kg) more cargo. Editor’s Note: This story was updated on November 7th to announce the successful launch of the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and the Cygnus NG-18 cargo ship. Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of “Why am I taller (Opens in a new tab)”. (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book on space medicine. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace (opens in a new tab). Space.com Editor-in-Chief Tariq Malik contributed to this report. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom (opens in a new tab) or Facebook (opens in a new tab).
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