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Microgravity Simulation Support Facility
to access the International Space Station (ISS) and other platforms for
microgravity research are limited. In 2017, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center established
a facility with microgravity simulation devices to provide the ground
simulation capability to the US research community.
Microgravity Simulator Support Facility (MSSF) is designed to support biological
research on microorganisms, cells, tissues, small plants, and small animals.
The available devices can simulate conditions of altered gravity ranging from
10-3g to 1/6 G (Lunar), 1/3 G (Mars), and hypergravity up to 3g. Having
this new facility provides NASA with an alternative platform for microgravity
research and the opportunity to conduct experiments on ISS in parallel with conditions
of simulated microgravity on the ground.
facility can be used by NASA researchers, interns, and visiting scientists,
with space biology grants or partnership agreements with NASA. Recently, a NASA
Research Announcement solicitation selected 15 microgravity simulation grants,
several of which are using the MSSF for their altered gravity research on
plants, bacteria, squid, and human cells.
Dr. Ye Zhang, project scientist for the ISS Research Office
Anna Maria Ruby, project scientist for the ISS Research Office
Jeffrey Richards, project science coordinator and research scientist
Ready to explore a partnership, or simply need more information? Please submit your inquiry to our KSC Facilitator.
Contact Us: KSC-Partnerships@mail.nasa.gov