NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
Neurolab: Final Report for the Ames Research Center PayloadNeurolab, the final Spacelab mission, launched on STS-90 on April 17, 1998, was dedicated to studying the nervous system. NASA cooperated with domestic and international partners to conduct the mission. ARC's (Ames Research Center's) Payload included 15 experiments designed to study the adaptation and development of the nervous system in microgravity. The payload had the largest number of Principal and Co-Investigators, largest complement of habitats and experiment unique equipment flown to date, and most diverse distribution of live specimens ever undertaken by ARC, including rodents, toadfish, swordtail fish, water snails, hornweed and crickets To facilitate tissue sharing and optimization of science objectives, investigators were grouped into four science discipline teams: Neuronal Plasticity, Mammalian Development, Aquatic, and Neurobiology. Several payload development challenges were experienced and required an extraordinary effort, by all involved, to meet the launch schedule. With respect to hardware and the total amount of recovered science, Neurolab was regarded as an overall success. However, a high mortality rate in one rodent group and several hardware anomalies occurred inflight that warranted postflight investigations. Hardware, science, and operations lessons were learned that should be taken into consideration by payload teams developing payloads for future Shuttle missions and the International Space Station.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Maese, A. Christopher
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Ostrach, Louis H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Dalton, Bonnie P.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2010
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
No Preview Available