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La tripulación de la estación espacial inicia su semana con investigaciones ortopédicas y estudios de física

Los paneles solares de la estación espacial y el pequeño difusor orbital del satélite fueron fotografiados mientras el laboratorio en órbita volaba sobre el país africano de Namibia. Crédito: NASA

La medicina espacial fue una de las principales prioridades de investigación a bordo de la Estación Espacial Internacional (es) el lunes mientras cuatro astronautas de la Expedición 68 exploraban las condiciones de curación de los huesos. Los tres astronautas en el laboratorio en órbita pasaron el día estudiando una variedad de física, llenado de naves de reabastecimiento e instrumentación de estaciones de servicio.

Osteopromotive Bone Adhesive study.

Living in microgravity may affect skeletal stem cells and bone tissue regeneration, or bone repair. Researchers are studying a bone graft adhesive on the space station with the potential to reverse the effects of weightlessness on stem cells and bone tissue. Results may also benefit therapies for conditions on Earth such as osteoporosis. The astronauts will stay focused on the bone research activities through Wednesday.

Two cosmonauts worked on several different space physics experiments throughout Monday. Commander Sergey Prokopyev explored the behavior of clouds of highly charged particles, or plasma crystals, in a specialized chamber. Observations may lead to improved spacecraft designs, as well as a better understanding of plasmas on Earth. Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin studied the physics of fluids exposed to magnetic and electric fields in microgravity.

The cosmonauts also worked on cargo activities and lab maintenance. Prokopyev stowed items for disposal inside the ISS Progress 81 cargo craft ahead of its departure in February. Petelin removed navigation hardware from the inside the ISS Progress 82 resupply ship and then photographed the internal area of the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module to assess its potential stowage volume. Roscosmos Flight Engineer Anna Kikina spent her day servicing life support and electronics systems.

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