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Protein crystal growth results from the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 missionProtein crystal growth experiments have been performed by this laboratory on 18 Space Shuttle missions since April, 1985. In addition, a number of microgravity experiments also have been performed and reported by other investigators. These Space Shuttle missions have been used to grow crystals of a variety of proteins using vapor diffusion, liquid diffusion, and temperature-induced crystallization techniques. The United States Microgravity Laboratory - 1 mission (USML-1, June 25 - July 9, 1992) was a Spacelab mission dedicated to experiments involved in materials processing. New protein crystal growth hardware was developed to allow in orbit examination of initial crystal growth results, the knowledge from which was used on subsequent days to prepare new crystal growth experiments. In addition, new seeding hardware and techniques were tested as well as techniques that would prepare crystals for analysis by x-ray diffraction, a capability projected for the planned Space Station. Hardware that was specifically developed for the USML-1 mission will be discussed along with the experimental results from this mission.
Document ID
19950007811
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Delucas, Lawrence J. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Moore, K. M. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Vanderwoerd, M. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Bray, T. L. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Smith, C. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Carson, M. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Narayana, S. V. L. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Rosenblum, W. M. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Carter, D. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Clark, A. D, Jr. (Alabama Univ. Birmingham, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Marshall Space Flight Center, Joint Launch + One Year Science Review of USML-1 and USMP-1 with the Microgravity Measurement Group
Subject Category
MATERIALS PROCESSING
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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