Miniature lab for experiments in outer space

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A tiny satellite with a laboratory, and as small as a tissue box, is helping scientists carry out experiments at zero-gravity. The said satellite is orbiting the earth at more than 500 kilometers.

The technology was launched into space last year by SpacePharma, a Swiss-Israeli company, which on Thursday announced that its first experiments have been completed successfully. Cells and molecules are believed to behave differently in a Zero-gravity environment and this helps researchers make discoveries in the fields of medicine and agriculture.

Usually experiments like these are sent to the International Space Station (ISS) where the astronauts help perform it, or are conducted in airplane flights that enjoy short bursts of weightlessness.

The experiments are carried out in custom-built glass chips and can be run multiple times to test different reactions, and clients can receive the data and images.

Currently, the satellite holds four experiments and another launch for four experiments is scheduled for August.

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