WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An experiment designed by Downingtown S.T.E.M. Academy in Downingtown, Pa., is among the cargo which arrived to the International Space Station Sunday on the Orbital-1 cargo resupply mission.
Designed by ninth graders, the experiment, entitled "Aleve XR and Microencapsulation in Microgravity," is part of the NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science Education-Orion payload.
This experiment seeks to observe how microgravity affects the release of the microencapsulated drug Aleve XR. This is important to astronauts living and working in space. Should they need to take medication, this research may help inform doctors when deciding how heavy a dosage needs to be to be effective in microgravity. It also may contribute to manufacturing longer lasting medicines.
Orbital-1 is NASA's first contracted resupply mission to the space station by U.S. company Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft launched atop the company's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia on Jan. 9. Expedition 38 crew members captured the Cygnus using the space station's robotic arm at 6:08 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.
Orbital developed its Antares and Cygnus with NASA and successfully completed a test mission to the space station in September, enabling the first of eight planned contract resupply flights by the company. The capsule is scheduled to remain attached to the station through mid-January. It then will return for a destructive reentry in Earth's atmosphere.
The International Space Station is a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. The space station has had continuous human occupation since November 2000. In that time it has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next great leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars.
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