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Fruit Fly Lab-01 (ARC00XX169)
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Drosophila melanogaster Species: Fruit fly

The Fruit Fly Lab-01 mission is the first flight of a new research platform for long-duration experiments aboard the International Space Station using the widely studied model organism Drosophila melanogaster, or the common fruit fly. Approximately 77% of human disease genes have analogs in the fruit fly genome; studies of fruit flies help us understand the underlying mechanisms of human diseases. Experiments aboard the space station will examine how the lack of gravity and other aspects of the space environment affect these insects, providing information that is relevant to human health. The Fruit Fly Lab-01 mission studies the effects of spaceflight on the response to infection.

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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
SpaceX_5 01/10/2015 02/11/2015 32 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Ames Research Center (ARC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Ames Research Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Martha Del Alto
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Date
Proposal Source