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Published on Mar 22, 2018
With NASA's renewed focus on a return to the Moon, scientists need to better understand how much gravity is enough for human crews to remain healthy while living on the surface. Research using the commercially developed, owned and operated Techshot Multi-use Variable-g Platform (MVP) is expected to help answer that question.
MVP includes two internal 390 mm carousels that simultaneously can produce from 0.1 g to 2 g of artificial gravity. It is used to conduct research in space with a wide variety of sample types, such as fruit flies, flatworms, plants, aquatics, cells, protein crystals, tissues chips and many others.
A permanent resource aboard the International Space Station, MVP hosts a total of 12 separate experiment modules at a time, which launch to the station on their own and are installed in MVP by the crew for processing. Each is customized to accommodate the sample type and experiment protocol of a given research campaign.
This video depicts the removal of the MVP door, installation of a single experiment module on each carousel and reattachment of the door. Carousel rotation, and the initiation of experiments, is then permitted to begin.