NASDA aquatic animal experiment facilities for space shuttle and ISS

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National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) has developed aquatic animal experiment facilities for NASA Space Shuttle use. Vestibular Function Experiment Unit (VFEU) was firstly designed and developed for physiological research using carp in Spacelab-J (SL-J, STS-47) mission. It was modified as Aquatic Animal Experiment Unit (AAEU) to accommodate small aquatic animals, such as medaka and newt, for second International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2, STS-65) mission. Then, VFEU was improved to accommodate marine fish and to perform neurobiological experiment for Neurolab (STS-90) and STS-95 missions. We have also developed and used water purification system which was adapted to each facility. Based on these experiences of Space Shuttle missions, we are studying to develop advanced aquatic animal experiment facility for both Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS). © 2002 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.




Uchida, S., Masukawa, M., & Kamigaichi, S. (2002). NASDA aquatic animal experiment facilities for space shuttle and ISS. Advances in Space Research, 30(4), 797–802.

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