Molecular Muscle Experiment

  • The Molecular Muscle Experiment aims to understand the causes of neuromuscular decline in space.

  • We will fly genetic or drug conditions that are involved in the progression (on Earth) of muscular dystrophy or diabetes

  • To do this we will fly worms, in small bags that allow oxygen to pass through for survival

  • These bags will be taken to the International Space Station in a SpaceX rocket from Florida's Kennedy Space Centre

  • After having babies  and these growing to adults (~6.5 days), worms will be frozen until return to Earth

  • See diagram on right for overview of the experimental design

MME is an international effort. Click above to learn more about each research group.