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

Experiments in space

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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.