When you think of NASA, you typically think of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, the Space Shuttle or maybe even the upcoming mission to Mars.
However, I bet the last thing you would expect to be on the minds of these heroic men and women is their skin – but, its a bigger problem than you might think. The effects of space travel take its toll, resulting in thinning of the
skin, a loss of collagen, decreased elasticity – and, most importantly, loss of cellular regeneration.
As a result, astronauts experience itchy, dry skin, increased sensitivity, skin infections, even a delay in the healing of wounds and burns.
OUT OF THIS WORLD TECHNOLOGY
NASA scientists discovered that in zero-gravity, they can replicate how stem cells and other biomolecules are naturally produced 3-dimensionally in the body, providing a distinct advantage over those produced in a lab.
NASA was able to produce a nutrient-dense, 3-Dimensional biomimetic suspension that improves cell-cell and cell-matrix communication, reduces
inflammation, replenishes the extracellular matrix and regains the skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and heal. To bring this technology back to earth, NASA’s dedicated team developed a rotating bioreactor with a magnetic
field that duplicates the weightlessness of space.