NASA to Analyse Space Samples Brought by Dragon

Washington, May 19 (QNA) – Analyses of science samples brought back to Earth by a NASA spacecraft will improve knowledge of how space affects humans living and working there for long durations, an official said.

NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, said, “The space station is our springboard to deep space and the science samples returned to Earth are critical to improving our knowledge of how space affects humans who live and work there for long durations.

NASA’s SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down Sunday, in the Pacific Ocean, around 300 miles west of Baja California, bringing back more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station.

“Now that Dragon has returned, scientists can complete their analyses, so we can see how results may impact future human space exploration or provide direct benefits to people on Earth,” he said.

Investigations included among the returned cargo could aid in better understanding the decreased effectiveness of antibiotics during spaceflight while also improving antibiotic development on Earth.

Others could lead to the development of plants better suited for space and improvements in sustainable agriculture.

The T Cell Activation in Aging experiment, which also launched to space aboard Dragon, seeks the cause of a depression in the human immune system while in microgravity. The research could help researchers develop better protective measures to prevent disease in astronauts.

Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft capable of bringing back large amounts of cargo to Earth. (QNA)

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