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Pharmasat is a small biology research satellite launched as a secondary payload to Tacsat 3 on-board a Minotaur 1 rocket on 19 May 2009 at 23:55 UT from Wallops. Pharmasat is designed to measure the influence of microgravity upon yeast resistance to an antifungal agent. The yeast cells will be cultivated in 48 independent microwells. Since previous observations indicate that certain microorganisms may become more virulent in space, an antibiotic will be applied at different dosage levels to each microwell to investigate its effectiveness. The results of this work are expected to lead to effective countermeasure development for long-term space travel and habitation.

Alternate Names

  • 35002

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-05-19
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States


  • Life Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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