1991-07-01

Performance of the Research Animal Holding Facility (RAHF) and General Purpose Work Station (GPWS) and Other Hardware in the Microgravity Environment 911567

This paper discusses the performance of the Research Animal Holding Facility (RAHF) and General Purpose Work Station (GPWS) plus other associated hardware during the recent flight of Spacelab Life Sciences 1 (SLS-1). The RAHF was developed to provide proper housing (food, water, temperature control, lighting and waste management) for up to 24 rodents during flights on the Spacelab. The GPWS was designed to contain particulates and toxic chemicals generated during plant and animal handling and dissection/fixation activities during space flights. A history of the hardware development involved as well as the redesign activities prior to the actual flight are discussed.

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