Thursday, May 1, 2014

Photos - CARA plates on the ISS

The CARA plates are all nicely positioned on the wall (floor?) of the ISS in the US Laboratory module. Here they will be exposed to light and the ambient ISS environment for their growth cycle. The more tightly arranged plates on the right (in this view) will grow in the light for the 12 days of the experiment. The more scattered 10 on the left were re-wrapped in black cloth and will provide a set of dark-grown controls for the experiment. Identical Ground Control sets are now growing in the ISSES Chamber (ISS Environment Simulator) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

On the adjoining wall of the module is the MELFI freezer, which can be identified by the circular doors that cover the actual freezer components.

U.S. Laboratory module

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