Monday, March 31, 2014

There and back again

Unfortunately, we're back in San Francisco again after a week in the Cape.  The launch slated for last night was canceled due to range issues -- you can read more on the Spaceflight Now website here.  We're still waiting for confirmation on the next launch date, but we're hopeful that we'll get T-cell up soon!

Monday, March 17, 2014


The SpaceX3 launch has been delayed until March 30th, so the countdown clock is back to L-13. The team is back in San Francisco briefly, all a little disappointed that the experiment didn't go up on the 16th.  We took some selfies to cheer ourselves up, and are still very excited for our next opportunity!

Nice shirts!

Full science team photo.  Go T-Cell!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

T-cell Team

More photographs of our lab here at KSC and our team!
Tara, Miya, Emily, and Millie:

Science team and Kayser Italia

Us plus the NASA folks from both KSC and ARC:

Tomorrow will be our big day of T-cell isolation before the launch. We plan to start at 8am and will likely work until 2am. Fingers crossed that the rocket launches on March 16!

Monday, March 10, 2014

First day

We're at KSC! Photographers have come by to take pictures of Millie and the lab. We headed over to the Kayser Italia (ESA) lab quickly to take a look at the flight hardware and equipment.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Our KSC Lab

Here's a first look at our lab space at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (courtesy of Millie). All 26 boxes made it safe and sound.  Miya, Tara and I fly to Florida on Sunday morning -- we'll have the task of unpacking all of them and organizing our supplies on Monday.


The back end of our lab. Lots of boxes on the left!

We will doing our isolation and hardware loading in the two biosafety hoods at the far end

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Final Shipment to Kennedy Space Center!

Today was our third and final shipment of supplies to the lab at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.  All told, we've sent 26 boxes - no small task moving a lab cross-country!

Packing up pipettes
Our loading tools - cleaned, autoclaved and ready to go
Cleaning the hardware for our ground controls
Drying our ground control experimental containers.  So many parts!
 More pictures after the jump!