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EXPERIMENT INFORMATION

Skylab Environmental and Crew Microbiology Studies (SKYMIC)
Research Area:
Microbiology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

Description
OBJECTIVES:
Microbiology studies were performed during the Skylab missions to detect the presence of potentially pathogenic microorganisms on the crewmembers and their spacecraft, and to obtain data that would contribute to an understanding of the response of the crew's microbial flora to the space flight environment. These data were interpreted in light of theories of microbial simplification, the identification and transfer of medically important microorganisms between crewmembers, in-flight autoinfections, and postflight microbial shock.


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Publications
Brockett RM, Ferguson JK, Graves RC, Groves TO, Henney MR, Hodapp CJ, et al. Skylab environment and crew microbiology studies. Unpublished.

Brockett RM, Ferguson JK, Graves RC, Groves TO, Henney MR, Hodapp CJ, et al. Skylab environmental and crew microbiology studies. In: Johnston RS, Dietlein LF, eds. The Proceedings of the Skylab Life Sciences Symposium; Houston, TX; 27-29 August 1974. Houston, TX: NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; 1974;1:121-43. NASA TM X-58154. [NTRS]

Mission Evaluation Team. Section 8.8: microbiology. In: Skylab Mission Report Third Visit. Houston, TX: NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; 1974:8.18-8.19. JSC-08963. [NTRS]

Taylor GR, Graves RC, Brockett RM, Ferguson JK, Mieszkuc BJ. Chapter 8: skylab environmental and crew microbiology studies. In: Johnston RS, Dietlein LF, eds. Biomedical Results from Skylab. Washington, DC: NASA Headquarters; 1977:53-63. NASA SP-377. [NTRS]

Keywords
Staphylococcus aureus
Bacteria
Fungi/isolation & purification

Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. All data sets are on the Web site.
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Parameters
Aerobic bacteria
Anaerobic bacteria
Fungal isolations
Microbial isolates
Pathogenic microorganism transfer
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Skylab 2 05/25/1973 06/22/1973 28 days
Skylab 3 07/28/1973 09/25/1973 59.5 days
Skylab 4 11/16/1973 02/08/1974 84 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Eric Gallagher
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Hardware Items