As a part of NASA’s recent launch to the ISS (International Space Station), the space agency has shipped 5,600 Pounds of research cargo, equipment, and supplies with a SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The cargo mission helps the ISS’s crewmembers and supports dozens of trials on the orbiting space lab.
In that payload, there is one equipment that has the potential to help with macular degeneration (a common eye condition that causes loss of vision in the central field) and that equipment would be also used in research that might extensively improve wound healing, particularly tissue regeneration. Dr. Mike Roberts—Deputy Chief Scientist at the ISS National Lab—told Fox News that there are a lot of various, convincing reasons to leave Earth to carry out these experiments. We can utilize the ISS as a remote laboratory and engineering task platform to analyze new materials in the severe climatic conditions of space. Ex-NASA astronaut Terry Virts—who recorded 212 Days in space and carried three spacewalks adding up extra 19 Hours—said the tests performed in a zero-gravity environment, mainly medical experiments, have a quite “profound potential” to aid humans on the Earth. Virts told Fox News, “One of the advantages in zero-gravity is that we are able to grow things such as tissues or crystals where there is no weight.”
Lately, the SpaceX was in news for having technical glitch in SpaceX’s Falcon rocket that crashed and landed in the sea. The SpaceX booster missed its zone of landing on the ground after a liftoff and crashed in the sea very soon after travelling miles offshore. It was the first missed ground landing of the company, though it has overshot hovering barges several times in the past, a stronger feat to pull off. A SpaceX representative called it a “bummer,” but said it was secondary to the Falcon 9 rocket’s prime mission of taking the Dragon capsule to orbit.