Experiments in space

Frank De Winne will be the first ESA astronaut to use the newly installed Microgravity Science Glovebox facility

The experiments that are being prepared for Frank De Winne's Odissea mission to the International Space Station can be summarized as follows:



  • Message:
    Effects of microgravity on bacterial gene expression with special attention to genes involved in the response to stress, in motility (flagella) and in genetic rearrangements.
    [ Presentation Message ]

Cardioscience / Cogniscience

  • Cardiocog:
    Effects of microgravity on cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and the stress, cognition and physiological response during spaceflight.
    [ Presentation Cardiocog ]

  • Neurocog:
    Directed Attention Brain Potential in virtual 3-D space in weightlessness.

Human physiology

  • Sympatho:
    Sympathoadrenal activity during spaceflight.

  • Virus:
    Monitoring latent virus reactivation and shedding in astronauts.

  • Sleep:
    Sleep-wake actigraphy and light exposure during spaceflight.

Physical science

Physical science in the MSG

Earth monitoring

  • LSO
    Study of optical radiation in the ionosphere of Earth related to thunder activity and seismic processes.


  • Video
    Video shooting of simple physical phenomena demonstration and broadcast to students.

    Radio-amateur contact between astronaut and students.

Ground investigations

(*) These experiments will be conducted within ESA's Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) facility which was installed on the International Space Station in June 2002.

Last update: 6 May 2004

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