Mission summary, social media and photos
The Cerebral Ageing mission is a collaboration between SupBiotech, Institut Pasteur, CNES and Bioserve Space Technologies. We are sending cerebral organoids to the International Space Station in order to better understand how the human brain ages in extreme conditions.
On November 9th, at 8:28pm Florida time, the Commercial Resuppy Service Mission SpX-29 left earth with our organoids .
Our organoids were encased in the capsule (Dragon 2) on top of ~180 tons of rocket fuel to propel the Falcon 9 launcher.
The launch was emotional for the whole team, but especially for Lucie Madrange (CellTechs, SupBiotech/CEA joint lab) and Tara Fournier (Miria Ricchetti lab, Institut Pasteur) who have worked so hard to get to this point.
Nearly 33 hours after the launch, the Dragon capsule docked autonomously to the International Space station  : the unpacking of the organoids can begin by the astronauts.
Two days later, the team is back to France, the control organoids safely maintained in parallel to those kept on the ISS.
Thanks a lot to all the partners of the #CerebralAgeing Project :
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The Cerebral Ageing team, composed of members of the CellTechs (SupBiotech/CEA) laboratory, the Pasteur Institute, the CNES and Bioserve Space Technologies are present two weeks before the Spx-29 launch to prepare the organoids for the flight.
Some memories from this trip :