Houston, the Cells Have Landed: CSU Receives First Sample in Astronaut Twin Study
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Posted by: Administration
June 26, 2015
by Coleman Cornelius
Some astronomical cells have arrived on campus.
The first cell samples from astronaut Scott Kelly – who is orbiting Earth with a crew on the International Space Station – are now undergoing analysis in the laboratory of Colorado State University researcher Susan Bailey.
Like fresh-picked produce bound for market, the biological shipment jetted from space to its first lab stop in a mere 36 hours. The sequence: blood draw from Kelly on the Space Station, transport by Soyuz spacecraft to Kazakhstan along with returning Russian astronauts, then on to a laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for processing and final shipment to Fort Collins.
“Isn’t that something?” Bailey, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, enthused shortly after receiving the sample this week. “When you think of the journey it went on, that’s pretty remarkable.”
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