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NASA International Space Station Gets New HD Camera and Biomolecule Sequencer Experiment

Sep 01, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
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NASA's International Space Station (ISS) is truly a cut above the rest when it comes to the latest technological advancements. In fact, there's more to add at the ISS and more research to be done. Apart from the latest biomolecule sequencer experiment, a new HD camera is set to be installed.

Two American astronauts will be spacewalking during the early hours of Sept.1, namely Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams. This would be the 195th spacewalk, where Rubins and Williams will be working on a few repairs on the ISS, plus installing a new high-definition camera.

The latest HD camera is just another one of the cameras mounted outside the ISS. There's the HD Earth-viewing camera that broadcasts live views of Earth. On the other hand, there's an ultra HD camera that captures magnificent views of outer space.

As for the multitude of other cameras on the ISS, including the latest HD camera to be installed for this year's spacewalk, this would simply be to view crew members outside the ISS. The latest camera installation would give viewers a clearer picture of what astronauts do in space.

The space walk will be shown on NASA TV at 6:30 am. However, the space walk is expected to begin at 8:05 am ET. As for other advancements at the ISS, DNA was successfully sequenced at the ISS, which is a first.

The biomolecule sequencer experiment was one by Rubins. Having able to sequence DNA of living organisms in microgravity is a game-changer as it opens doors for medical and scientific possibilities.

Other notable instruments aboard the ISS include the RapidScat, which is an ocean vector wind scatterometer. It is the first operational science instrument onboard, which is dedicated to observing the Earth. Another is the Synthetic Muscle, a flexible polymer that is able to expand and contract through electricity. Aside from the biomolecular sequencer experiment, there's also the Heart Cells study and the Mouse Epigenetics.

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