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Microbial response to space environment, part BThe performance of the microbial response to space environment experiment is considered excellent by all investigators. For most microbial systems, only preliminary survival data are available at this time. None of the available data indicate space flight-mediated changes in cell viability or recovery. One quite important observation has been made at this early date, however. The eggs produced after mice had been infected with N. dubius larvae demonstrated a significant decrease in hatchability when compared to identical ground controls. Except for the fact that the Apollo 16 flight larvae had been on board the command module, treatment of the flown larvae and ground control larvae was the same; neither had been exposed to UV irradiation. The significance and implications of this finding are currently being studied.
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Taylor, G. R.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Chassay, C. E.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Ellis, W. L.
(Northrop Serv., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Foster, B. G.
(Tex. A&M Univ.)
Volz, P. A.
(Eastern Mich. Univ.)
Spizizen, J.
(Scripps Clinic and Res. Found.)
Buecker, H.
(Frankfurt Univ.)
Wrenn, R. T.
(Northrop Serv., Inc.)
Simmonds, R. C.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center)
Long, R. A.
(Northrop Serv., Inc.)
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August 7, 2013
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January 1, 1972
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Publication: Apollo 16 Prelim. Sci. Rept.
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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