ICE Cubes Service: Oxford University Space Innovation Lab unveiled for microgravity research on ageing process
Space Applications Services with the ICE Cubes Service, through a partnership between Metavisionaries, University of Oxford and MetaSpace is pleased to announce the inauguration of the new Space Innovation Lab at the Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford on Thursday 6 July 2023.
This Space Innovation Lab is dedicated to understanding the effect of space and microgravity on the ageing process. Led by Dr Ghada Alsaleh, researchers will have direct operational connection to the conditions of microgravity on the International Space Station, where experiments will be conducted to understand the process of ageing on a cellular level.
The Space Innovation Lab at University of Oxford marks the continuing establishment of a global network of Space Innovation Labs with leading educators & research institutions. A synergetic effort between science, space, academia, initiated through Metavisonaries and Space Applications Services, the Labs seek to redefine learning for the benefit of humanity and the future of the planet.
The inauguration of the lab was marked by an event at the Botnar Institute with distinguished speakers James Green, former NASA Chief Scientist, and Hilde Stenuit, ICE Cubes (by Space Applications Services) business developer; and a demonstration of the lab facilities and newly installed operations control room.
Dr Ghada Alsaleh said: ‘The microgravity in space acts to accelerate the ageing process and so provides an excellent platform to investigate the underlying cellular mechanisms that normally occur over a very long period on earth.”
ICE Cubes Business Developer Hilde Stenuit states, “To be able to step from the biological lab into the space mission control room just next door and to simultaneously follow research on earth and in space is exactly what the Space Innovation Labs are all about: synergy between space, microgravity, earth and metaverse.”
Wasim Ahmed, CEO of Metavisionaries, said: “Our partnership with Space Applications Services and now the University of Oxford allows us to leverage space microgravity as an untapped frontier for medical research. As Neil Armstrong once said, ‘Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.'”
The ICE Cubes Service by Space Application Services is an end-to-end service launching your research and technology to space. It provides fast-track, easy, and reliable access to the uniqueness of microgravity and the space environment.
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