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Decades of Data: Extracting Trends from Microgravity Crystallization HistoryThe reduced acceleration environment of an orbiting spacecraft has been proposed as an ideal environment for biological crystal growth as the first sounding rocket flight in 1981 many crystallization experiments have flown with some showing improvement and others not. To further explore macromolecule crystal improvement in microgravity we have accumulated data from published reports and reports submitted by 63 missions including the Space Shuttle program, unmanned satellites, the Russian Space Station MIR and sounding rocket experiments. While it is not at this point in time a comprehensive record of all flight crystallization experimental results, there is however sufficient information for emerging trends to be identified. In this study the effects of the acceleration environment, the techniques of crystallization, sample molecular weight and the response of individual macromolecules to microgravity crystallization will be investigated.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Judge, R. A.
Snell, E. H.
Kephart, R.
vanderWoerd, M.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Meeting Information
Meeting: Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute Symposium on Neutron Protein Crystallography
Location: Tokyo
Country: Japan
Start Date: February 14, 2004
End Date: February 20, 2004
Sponsors: Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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