|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|University of Florida||Lead Organization||Academia||Gainesville, Florida|
The researchers’ objective is to successfully conduct fluorescent imaging of biological samples during suborbital spaceflight. Their overall goal is to gain insight into the genes and signals that are regulated during biological responses to spaceflight. The latest in a series of several flight tests brought the system’s technology readiness level (TRL) to 8 while also revealing several areas for improvement. For example, researchers are working to introduce more fail-safes into the system. Examinations of images and analyses of gene ontology molecular function using RNA extracted from the flight and ground samples are ongoing.