02 Dec ICE Cubes experiment of ISU on its way after succesful SpX-16 launch
The next ICE Cubes experiment with a greenhouse to grow plants is on its way to the International Space Station. This next experiment from the International Space University (ISU) is installed in the Dragon which launched successfully on the SpaceX CRS-16 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 5, 2018 at 19:16 EST.
The ISU experiment will allow to grow a number of wild-type and transgenic plants and visually observe their development. The objective is to look for differences in health, growth rate and morphology between the wild-type and transgenic plants in the reduced gravity and higher radiation environment onboard the ISS and to observe chemically inducible protein expression in a low-gravity environment.