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The British Space Agency finances new experiments aboard the International Space Station

Britain's science will be launched in space to help address the effects of aging thanks to funding from the UK…

Britain’s science will be launched in space to help address the effects of aging thanks to funding from the UK space organization, scientist Sam Gyimah has announced.

The minister revealed close to £ 3 million of new funding for 20th anniversary experiments by the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, 20 November.

Due to the launch in 2021, two of the experiments will look at age-related muscle loss while one third will look at new technologies for the production of materials and alloys in space with properties that can not be obtained on Earth.

While age-related muscle wasting has a major impact on the quality of life of older people, the causes of the process are not fully understood. Britain’s aging society is one of four major challenges identified by the government’s modern industrial strategy.

Science Minister Sam Gyimah said: “This research helps those with muscular conditions to live longer, healthier and happier lives and is a good example of our modern industrial strategy in action-transforming life on earth through research abroad.”

Spaceflight is an extreme environment that causes many negative health changes in the body and astronauts can lose up to 40 percent of their muscles after 6 months in space. These changes are considered an excellent model for the aging process in the body and researchers can use the knowledge gained by studying astronaut changes to better understand the aging human body.

Dr Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency, said: “For 20 years, the International Space Station has provided a unique astronaut laboratory to conduct advanced research. When we celebrate all that has been achieved over the past two decades, this new funding sets British academics in front of the future pioneering scientific research so that we can gain knowledge that will improve life on earth. “

The University of Liverpool received more than 1

.1 million pounds to study age-related loss of muscle mass using muscle cells such as was grown in a laboratory. The cells will be stimulated to contract with electricity at the International Space Station and the researchers will investigate the changes that occur in them when they return to Earth. They will also test the effects of exposing some of the muscle cells to increased amounts of protective heat boilers, which can change how they respond to the harsh environment in space.

The results of this study will improve our understanding of processes that underlie muscle loss in space and in older people on the ground and indicate potential therapies to prevent it.

Professor Malcolm Jackson, of the University of Liverpool, said: “Aging is one of the biggest challenges in the 21st century, so the possibility of using microgravity to understand the mechanisms behind age-related muscle loss is really exciting.”

“This project combines Liverpool’s research forces in aging and chronic disease with technical expertise from our industrial partner, Kayser Space, to design and construct a state-of-the-art space experiment with reality in reality. “

The University of Nottingham and Exeter will receive nearly 450,000 pounds s based on a study of space fan-induced muscle loss, which means an experiment due to launch later this year when hundreds of microscopic worms will fly to ISS.

The microscopic The worms, known as C. elegans, share many of the essential biological characteristics of humans and are influenced by biological changes in space, including changes in the muscle and ability to use energy.

Professor Nathaniel Szewczyk of the University of Nottingham said, “We are happy to continue to test causes and treatments for muscle loss in space, research that may apply to muscle disease with age and age.

“More importantly, this is an incredible opportunity to demonstrate, with Kayser Space, a full UK-based ability to fly space biology experiments. It will be very pleasing that our international partners look to Britain for their leadership in this project . “

ISS environment, where astronauts and objects flow heavier, offer a great opportunity to explore new materials, life in space

University of Strathclyde will get nearly 1.3 million pounds to investigate how to shake one fluid in microgravity induces solid particles to accumulate and form high-quality aggregates instead of causing these surprising phenomena only occur if the fluid is heated and shaken simultaneously. These experiments lead to advanced contactless manipulation strategies for the production of new materials and alloys.

Prof Marcello Lappa, University of Strathclyde, said: “These micro-experimental experiments, the advanced facilities available onboard ISS and specific hardware manufactured in Great Britain by QinetiQ will lead to new advanced technologies and nanotechnologies for production in material space with unavailable properties on earth. “

The United Kingdom can support these experiments through the European Space Agency’s European exploration program, which guarantees British scientific benefits directly from human spacecraft.

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