Developmental Biology Research and Applications

Profiles & Overviews | Flight Hardware

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Experiment/Mission Information

Experiment Information from the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive
Description: This link to the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive provides a list of relevant descriptions of flight experiments investigating Developmental Biology.

Mission Information from the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive
Description: This link to the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive provides a list of relevant descriptions of space flight missions that carried experiments investigating Developmental Biology.

Profiles & Overviews

A Critical Period for Vestibular Development
Description: This article profiles an experiment that determined there is a critical period in the development of zebrafish, in which normal gravity must be experienced in order for the vestibular system to develop properly. (Posted on 11/03)

Avian Development Facility
Description: The Avian Development Facility provided researchers the opportunity to study embryonic development in various avian species. This article profiles the hardware and the research conducted on the STS-108 mission, which focused on vestibular and skeletal development in quail. (Posted on 7/04)

Developmental Biology Factsheet
Description: This factsheet offers a brief overview of current NASA research into developmental biology. This research benefits long-term space missions as well as the understanding of fundamental human development processes. (Posted on 7/00)

Gravity Affects Sperm Function and Fertilization
Description: This article profiles the research conducted on two Space Shuttle missions and in ground experiments that showed that sea urchin sperm function and fertilization were affected by both microgravity and hypergravity environments. (Posted on 8/03)

Role of Gravity in Mammalian Development
Description: This article highlights space flight research that explores the role of gravity in mammalian development. (Posted on 8/03)

Flight Hardware

Frog Environmental Unit
Circadian Periodicity Experiment (CPE) Package

Description: The Frog Environmental Unit, a habitat for adult and embryonic frogs that enabled studies of microgravity's effect on development, was flown on the Spacelab-J payload on the STS-47 mission. (Excerpt from Life into Space 1991-1998) (Posted on 01/01)


Jellyfish Kits
Jellyfish Kits Image

Description: The Jellyfish Kits, flown on the Spacelab Life Sciences 1 payload on the STS-40 mission, was developed to support jellyfish polyps and ephyrae used in developmental and behavior studies. (Excerpt from Life into Space 1991-1998) (Posted on 01/01)


Rana Experiment Package
Rana Experiment package Image

Description: The Rana Experiment Package, flown on Gemini and U.S. Biosatellite missions, supported frog eggs used to study the effects of microgravity on development. (Excerpt from Life into Space 1965-1990) (Posted on 12/00)


Sea Urchin Egg Package
Sea Urchin Egg Package

Description: The Sea Urchin Egg Package, designed to study microgravity effects on fertilization and development, flew on Gemini III. (Excerpt from Life into Space 1965-1990) (Posted on 12/00)