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Crew-2 mission


Four astronauts were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida as part of collaboration between NASA and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Program.

The mission is called Crew-2 and is the second crew rotation of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with international partners.

About the Crew-2 Mission:

  • It is the second crew rotation of the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the first with international partners.
  • Out of the four astronauts, two are from NASA and two are from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Crew-2 astronauts will join the members of Expedition 65 (65th long duration expedition to the International Space Station).
    • They will stay aboard the ISS for six months during which time they will conduct science experiments in low-Earth orbit.
  • Their central focus during this time will be to continue a series of Tissue Chips in Space studies.

About the Commercial Crew Program:

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is a partnership between NASA and private industry to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
  • Unlike previous human spaceflight programs, NASA is a customer buying flights from commercial providers. The agency does not own or operate the spacecraft.
  • The program is helping to lower the cost of spaceflight and potentially create a new commercial market for humans in space.
  • By encouraging private companies to provide crew transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA can focus on building spacecraft and rockets meant for deep space exploration missions.
  • Boeing and SpaceX were selected by NASA in September 2014 to develop transportation systems meant to transfer crew from the US to the ISS.

Tissue Chips:

  • Tissue Chips are small models of human organs that contain multiple cell types that behave similarly to the human body.
  • According to NASA, these chips can potentially speed up the process of identifying safe and effective drugs and vaccines.
  • Scientists can use these tissue chips in space to study diseases that affect specific human organs, which would take months or years to develop on Earth.

Source: Indian Express

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