New technology will soon launch into space allowing scientists to conduct more experiments than ever while in space. The experiments will happen inside NASA’s new Life Sciences Glovebox.
Officials at NASA are excited about the new Glovebox because it will allow them to conduct experiments that will improve life on earth while protecting those on deep space missions. At the Space Station Integration and Test Facility, NASA engineers are showing off the new Life Sciences Glovebox, which will launch to the space station this September from Japan. Inside the box, life sciences experiments will be conducted.
“It’s a compliment to the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox that’s already on orbit that’s been operating for over 40,000 hours,” said Christy Gattis, NASA chief engineer for the MSG and LSG Glovebox. Gattis explained that the MSG Glovebox was in such demand, they needed another glovebox to offload some of the experiments, which is why the LSG was developed.
“The LSG Glovebox is 50% larger than the MSG so it means we can do physically larger experiments,” said Gattis. “We can do twice as many at the same time.”
The new Glovebox also has features to help scientists conduct experiments smoothly while floating, such as a more fitted glove design, magnets to hold things in place while working, and an iPad for referencing notes and procedures.
“Most of the experiments have to do with life on the ground and for exploration,” said Chris Butler, Payload Integration Manager at NASA. “They’re looking for different ways of helping people out on the ground, whether it’s cures for diseases or things that could happen in space.”
Bone loss is just one example of the types of experiments they will conduct inside the Glovebox. Groundbreaking science in that area, for instance, could lead to new developments in drugs for osteoporosis and also for those working on the space station to avoid bone loss, since that is something that happens in space.
The new Glovebox is slated to be launched incrementally to the space station. The core facility, which is the center of the new Glovebox, will launch from Japan in September.