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Written by Sue Samson

Our bone research, along with over 2,700 pounds of other science experiments, hardware and cargo, departed the ISS on August 27 and returned to the Earth with a successful and dramatic splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

The next part of the capsule’s journey is a two-day trip via a SpaceX recovery ship that will cover about 300 nautical miles before making port in Los Angeles. Once unloaded from the capsule, our experiment will make a pit stop at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and then be packed for shipment to the research teams at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and to the U.S. Army in Fort Detrick in Maryland.

We expect our samples to arrive in Indianapolis by early September and then we can begin to analyze the effects of microgravity on healing and tissue regeneration. Can’t wait!

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