Northrop Grumman CRS-17 is delivering skin health, cancer treatment and nanoparticle research to the space station


Northrop Grumman CRS-17 is delivering skin health, cancer treatment and nanoparticle research to the space station

Press release from: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Tuesday 15th February 2022

Northrop Grumman will be launching a variety of critical research and deliveries related to its upcoming launch 17. CRS (Commercial Resupply Services) Mission. to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch, which will take place at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, is scheduled no earlier than 12:40 p.m. ET on February 19. The ISS National Laboratory is sponsoring more than 15 research and technology development payloads as part of this mission. These payloads, representing diverse avenues of study, are designed to add value to our nation through space-based research and enable a robust and sustainable market in low-Earth orbit. The following highlights some of the ISS National Lab-sponsored surveys launched with Northrop Grumman CRS-17.

Last year consumer goods company Colgate-Palmolive started the first commercial study on oral health to the ISS. Well, on that mission, the company’s skin care brand, PCA Skin, will launch an investigation to collect data on the changes in skin health biomarkers that occur in the stressful environment of microgravity. Exposure to microgravity has been shown to cause skin to become thinner and drier, mimicking the skin aging process on Earth. The results of this experiment could help better identify areas for early skin health intervention and guide the development of breakthrough skincare innovations for all of Colgate-Palmolive’s skincare brands such as PCA Skin, eltaMD and Filorga.

MicroQuin is a Boston-based company initiating a 3D cell culture evaluation study to characterize the three-dimensional development of breast and prostate tumor cell lines compared to healthy cells. In zero gravity, cells form into 3D structures that more closely resemble cell growth and behavior in the human body. The results could help MicroQuin refine its cancer therapeutic and develop additional drugs to target breast and prostate cancer. This project grew out of the Technology in Space Prize, an annual collaboration between Boeing and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to fund innovative startups through the Mass Challenge Startup Accelerator.

the The University of Notre Dame will launch a physical science investigation to better understand bubble dynamics on nanostructured surfaces. The project involves heating metal substrates with nanoparticle features immersed in a liquid and studying the resulting bubble dynamics. The research team will study how the bubbles form, grow and detach from surfaces that have different nanoscale features. In microgravity, where gravity-induced buoyancy is absent, the team can study these heat-generated bubbles in ways not possible on Earth. The results could lead to improved medical diagnostics and potential new methods for water purification.

These are just a few of the ISS National Lab-sponsored investigations that will be launched on this mission. To learn more about all of the ISS National Lab sponsored research on Northrop Grumman CRS-17, please visit our mission home.

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About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory: The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Lab enables researchers to use this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance the science literacy of the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable low-Earth orbit market. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources are available on the ISS to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives by US government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab under a collaborative agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful low Earth orbit lookout point, and the extreme and diverse space conditions. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit

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