A novel air scrubber developed for a space flight plant growth chamber is now in widespread use on Earth for food preservation, doctors’ office, homes and office, killing 98% of airborne pathogens that pass through it.
Capillary flow experiments on ISS produced the first space-validated models describing fluid behavior, and may lead to models predicting fluid flows such as groundwater and high performance wicks used in electronics cooling.
Large, high quality crystals of the HQL-79 protein were grown on ISS, allowing researchers to more accurately determine its 3-dimensional structure and develop a more potent form. This protein is part of a candidate treatment for inhibiting the effects of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy.
Studies of how different materials withstand the harsh space environment provide a better understanding of their durability, with important applications to future spacecraft design. The Naval Research Laboratory and Boeing have used the ISS materials test bed to shorten development time for satellite hardware components by as much as 50 percent.
A handheld device used for rapid detection of biological and chemical substances on surfaces on ISS has the potential to monitor the spread of Earth-derived biological material on lunar and planetary surfaces after landings.
Ultrasound training methods developed for space flight have been used by the American College of Surgeons to teach ultrasound to surgeons, and could be adapted for diagnosis of injuries and illnesses in remote locations on Earth, including rural areas, disaster areas and the battlefield.
The microgravity environment on ISS led the way for better methods of micro-encapsulation on Earth, which is a process of forming micro-balloons containing various drug solutions, providing better drug delivery for several diseases including cancer and diabetes.
Studies of Salmonella bacteria on ISS have identified the controlling gene responsible for its increased virulence in microgravity, resulting in the discovery of a candidate vaccine. Salmonella is one of the most common forms of food poisoning and a major cause of childhood death worldwide.
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