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ISS Update: JAXA Aquatic Habitat Facility -- 08.15.12

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

ISS Update commentator Brandi Dean interviews Associate International Space Station Program Scientist Tara Ruttley about the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Aquatic Habitat facility.

The Aquatic Habitat facility provides a new option for the study of small, freshwater fish on orbit. Scientists have multiple studies planned to look at the impacts of radiation, bone degradation, muscle atrophy and developmental biology.

Ruttley explains that the facility is located in the Kibo module and is basically a set of two half-liter aquariums that can support up to 8 -- 12 fish at a time. It systems include a filter, an LED lighting system, automatic feeders and a water oxygenation system.

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