AngieX Cancer Therapy Is Wrapping Up Aboard The International Space Station

A new cancer therapy study is wrapping up aboard the International Space Station this week as an American cargo craft is packed for return to Earth. The Expedition 56 crew also researched how astronauts perceive time and distance in space and back on Earth.

Since the arrival of the AngieX Cancer Therapy, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor has been helping pharmaceutical research to improve the design of safer, more effective therapies targeting cancer tumours. She was examining endothelial cells in space to help determine if they make a good model for targeting the vasculature of tumour cells.

SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was sent to bring the experimental data and crew Member back to earth. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold has been loading Dragon with hardware and science samples. Results from the AngieX cancer investigation also be stowed in Dragon for retrieval and analysis on Earth. Robotics controllers will release Dragon from the grips of the Canadarm2 Friday 3-8-2018 at 12:37 p.m. EDT.

Another U.S. cargo craft, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply ship, released from the space station on July 15 is getting ready to end its stay in space. The Cygnus was detached from the station’s Harmony module in mid-July and has been orbiting Earth for engineering research. It is due to burning up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean at 5:07 p.m. 30.7.2018

Alexander Gerst, of the European Space Agency, worked in the Columbus lab module to help doctors understand how an astronaut’s perception of time and distance is affected during and after a mission. Results will help mission planners understand how astronauts adapt to space impacting the success and safety of long-term missions.

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