ARK1 Mission, CASIS. Advancing Research Knowledge.
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The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) is embarking on a historic period in space exploration. Tasked by NASA to manage, promote and broker research onboard the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, CASIS is enabling a new era for space investigations capable of improving life on Earth. Launch increment 37/38 is the initial period when CASIS-sponsored and funded research investigations will reach the ISS. CASIS launch increments are referred to as Advancing Research Knowledge or "ARK" — representing National Laboratory sponsored expeditions. ARK1 marks the initial voyages of CASIS and its partner researchers.
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Designer: Shepard Fairey

ORBITAL SCIENCES, CYGNUS


LAUNCH: September 21, 2013

NanoRacks–National Center for Earth and Space Science Education–Falcon NR Module-9 (S/N 1007) NanoRacks

As part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), students from participating schools across the country were selected to fly the following experiments to the ISS:



  • SSEP FIBROBLAST DIVISION
    Eleventh-grade students from San Marino, CA have designed an experiment to observe the effect of microgravity on cell division.

  • SSEP EGGSHELLS AND VINEGAR
    Eighth-grade students from Pennasauken, NJ have designed an experiment to determine whether eggshell disintegration rates in vinegar differ in microgravity environments, toward dental product development.

  • SSEP GERMINATION OF CABBAGE SEED
    Fifth-grade students from Willis, TX have designed an experiment that will test Savoy cabbage in space to see whether the seeds will germinate more fervently.


LAUNCH: January 9, 2014

  • STORY TIME FROM SPACE
    Patricia Tribe, T2 Science & Math Education Consultants
    Author: Jeffrey Bennett


    This project aims to bring space station science to communities through the simple beauty of reading a book to a child. Crewmembers on the International Space Station host Story Time From Space by producing videotaped readings from a children's book, which are later broadcast on Earth. The astronauts also complete simple demonstrations that accompany the science, technology, engineering and math concepts in the books. The videos are edited and posted to an online library, with related educational materials, for use by educators and parents.


  • ANTS IN SPACE
    (CSI-06)
    Dr. Deborah Gordon, Stanford University, Department of Biology


    This experiment analyzes the interrelationship between the interaction rate of a group of ants and the density of the group in normal gravity conditions versus microgravity. This and related experiments are designed to engage the K-12 community on Earth in near real-time ISS science.


  • BINARY COLLOIDAL ALLOY TEST: LOW GRAVITY PHASE KINETICS PLATFORM
    (BCAT-KP)
    Dr. Matthew Lynch, Procter and Gamble, with Zin Technologies


    This investigation will use the absence of buoyancy-driven convection in microgravity to examine aspects of complex fluid physics — specifically, the movement of particles within colloids and the way these mixtures crystallize, melt and undergo phase separation. A fundamental understanding of the underlying physics needed to stabilize everyday commercial products may help in the development of new colloidal materials and product formulations with unique properties. These improved products may have enhanced performance, longer shelf life and lower manufacturing costs.


  • ANTIBIOTIC EFFECTIVENESS IN SPACE-1
    (AES-1)
    Dr. David Klaus, Colorado University-Boulder, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences


    This investigation will examine how spaceflight-induced changes in bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics relate to antibiotic resistance in disease treatment on Earth. By studying physical and gene expression changes in bacteria in space, scientists hope to uncover the mechanisms involved in antibiotic susceptibility and resistance. This may help in identifying new targets for antibiotics or new approaches to reduce resistance of disease-causing bacteria.

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LAUNCH: April 18, 2014


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