Breaking news! Research on human aging will be conducted in space by the UK. See more here

Credit: UK space agency - MicroAge team from the University of Liverpool.
Credit: UK space agency - MicroAge team from the University of Liverpool.

Breaking news! Research on human aging will be conducted in space by the UK. Recently, the UK space agency claimed that this research on human aging will take place in space, after many consultations whether such a thing is possible or not, in the end the answer was: it is possible. Scientists at the University of Liverpool want to understand what happens to human muscles as we age and why they have found a wonderful place: space. University scientists are funded by the UK space agency. 

 1. Why was this place chosen?  Because there is no gravity in space, so the astronauts who go there have weakened muscles until returning to Earth. 

2. What happens when a person gets older?  His muscles are weak. I mean the same thing as in space. You see, that's why it's the best place for this research. 

3. What do researchers want to do?  They want to see what happens to muscle tissue in space, and then compare all these researchers to others on Earth. 

4. What do they want to know in the end from this research?  They want to see or at least get a better picture of the phenomenon of human aging. And once they find out, they would like to prevent it. This prevention could lead to people living longer (it is not yet known how).

However, statements have also been made by the government about this project. Science Minister George Freeman said the following (according to an article published by the UK Space Agency): 

"As we get older, our bones and muscles get weaker, but scientists don't fully understand how this happens."  "The research of our scientist astronauts like Tim Peake on muscle loss in the microgravity of space is helping to identify potential cures for musculoskeletal disease, which causes agony to millions and costs the NHS billions."  "By harnessing the unique environment of the International Space Station our pioneering scientists could help us all live healthier, stronger lives." 

Our muscles weaken as we age, and the effects are great. For example, it is difficult to carry out our daily activities as we get older, the low capacity of the body to recover from an accident, a heavy fall, etc. The effect of aging also leads to exhaustion due to weakened muscles and later to the inability to do certain things. And researchers in the UK want to change that. 

The experiment that the British want to do is MicroAge. This program is made up of researchers and scientists who will analyze, I will investigate all possible data. First of all, human muscle cells will be taken. Don't be silly, they will be taken the size of a grain of rice. Once taken, these cells are taken to the laboratory, analyzed and then carefully placed in small 3D printed media the size of a pencil sharpener, according to the UK space agency. And then? And then comes the interesting part of the project. Once they reach space, (the cells) will be electrically stimulated which will then induce contractions in the muscle tissue. And then the last thing left is to wait and see what happens.

Professor Malcolm Jackson from the University of Liverpool, said (according to an article published by the UK Space Agency): 

"Ageing is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century and we will learn a great deal about how muscle responds to microgravity and ageing from the data we obtain from this study." "The team has had to work extremely hard over the last three years to overcome the many challenges of sending our science into space. For example, the electronic equipment necessary to undertake these studies usually fills a large desk but we have managed to shrink this to the size of a pack of cards. This development work on automated and miniaturised systems represents an exciting innovation that could have a wider application in the future."

David Zolesi, Kayser Space Managing Director, said (according to an article published by the UK Space Agency):

"We are thrilled to have our hardware ready for launch, after three years of fantastic work in cooperation with a top-level team of scientists and the UK Space Agency. MicroAge is our third payload launched to the ISS in 2021. This is an important achievement to bolster our position as a leading partner to the UK scientific community for implementing experiments in space."

Credit: UK space agency - patch for MicroAge mission
Credit: UK space agency - patch for MicroAge mission

The news came quickly and will be released just as quickly. On December 21, 2021, SpaceX will make available a Falcon 9 spacecraft that will most likely conduct this experiment on the ISS (International Space Station). The rocket will take off at 10:00 a.m. (GMT) from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. And then the experiment will be brought back to Earth a month away (approx) in November 2022. 24 human cell containers will arrive on the ISS on Tuesday. About the patch you see above, this one belongs to 9-year-old Jessica Barry. A competition to choose the patch for the mission was held at the University of Liverpool. Jessica was the winner, so the patch will be used for the mission, clothes and many other documents. 

This is the second such experiment. The first was launched in June 2021 and consisted of taking worms on the ISS, to then see how their muscle tissue behaves. The third experiment is to take place somewhere in October 2022. In addition to the £ 1.2 million funding from the UK Space Agency, sponsors and people who will analyze the experiment were also: The Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

We wish success to the UK space agency, all the sponsors, and people involved in the project. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 20 December 2021, at 09:12 am Los Angeles time

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