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Life Sciences

View a range of NanoRacks customers’ life sciences microgravity NanoLab research payloads and experiments, including studies into plant growth, yeast cell growth and protein crystal growth performed in internal payloads inside the International Space Station in low earth orbit.

Hydrofuge Plant Chamber

The Lakewood High School Hydrofuge Plant Chamber Experiment aids the expansion of research surrounding deep space travel and helps in the determination of whether plant growth chambers are an adequate food source in space ship environments.

Customer: Lakewood High School
Research: Hydrofuge Plant Growth
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 03/2015 – 09/2015


The Bell Middle School Vermicomposting investigation studies whether red wiggler worms, a species of earthworm, are able to produce compost in space. Results are used to study the potential for composting as a form of recycling on future long-duration space missions.

Customer: Bell Middle School
Research: Vermicomposting
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 03/2015 -…

Plant Seed Germination

Lagrange-1 Plant Seed Germination experiment connects students on Earth to the space program by sending their messages to the International Space Station, along with plant seeds that are germinated after being returned home

Customer: Lagrange Corp
Research: Plant Seed Germination
NanoRacks Facility: Internal NanoLab
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 09/2015
Mission Status: Complete
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Symbiotic Nodulation

SyNRGE3 (Symbiotic Nodulation in a Reduced Gravity Environment-Cubed) investigates the effect of microgravity on the cell-to-cell signaling and nodule formation between a host plant and symbiotic bacteria.

Customer: Limerick Institute of Technology
Research: Symbiotic Nodulation in Microgravity
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2014 – 03/2013
Mission Status: In…

Yeast Cell Growth

Awty-Yeast Cell Growth sends three different strains of yeast in one growth medium to a microgravity environment. The yeast selected are Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces ellipsoideus, Schizosaccharomyces pombe. A camera is used to determine rate of growth.

Customer Name: Awty International School
Research: Yeast Cell Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration…

Pollen Propulsion

Ambassador High School’s Pollen Propulsion is a Microgravity Environment provides insight as to whether or not pollen grains can be propelled across a short distance in a microgravity when a small fan is activated. The goal of this investigation is to determine if pollen can be transported from plant to plant in a microgravity environment.

Customer: Ambassador High School
Research: Pollen…

Plant Seed Growth

A 2U payload containing an extended-sized autonomous, self-contained plant-seed growth experiment that allows an internal camera to provide snapshots of the stages of growth during the experiment.

Customer Name: Valley Christian High School
Research: Plant Seed Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2012 – 03/2013
Mission Status: Complete
More Info: From NASA…

Protein Crystal Growth

PCG-1 uses different protein crystal growth solutions in small crystal slides to grow protein crystals in microgravity. The slides are launched frozen, thawed on orbit to allow crystal growth, examined while on-orbit and then returned.

Customer Name: The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Research: Protein Crystal Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2012 –…

Microgreen Plant Growth

Girl Scouts of Hawai’i-Microgreen Plant Growth experiment tests the changes in growth of Arugula in microgravity. This research was chosen to collect data on the viability of edible plants grown in space.

Customer Name: Girl Scouts of Hawai’i
Research: Plant Growth
NanoRacks Facility: NanoLab Platform
Mission Duration: 09/2012 – 09/2013
Mission Status: Complete
More Info: From NASA…

Bacteria Growth

The Riverside Christian Schools Bacteria Growth Experiment provides insight as to the potential impact of microgravity on the growth cycle of bacteria. Does microgravity change the nominal growth time cycle of E. coli bacteria as compared to what is normally experienced in Earth gravity?

Customer: Riverside Christian High School
Research: Bacteria Growth
NanoRacks Facility: Interna…

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