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Parkinson's Disease: The Search for a Cure in Space

LRRK2: The journey to space

At the Cape Canaveral, Florida, US, NASA launched the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 17:31 BST last August 14, 2017. Together with the rocket’s cargo was the LRRK2 protein sample. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) series of flights has been going on since 2013. This has allowed a lot of researchers to use the International Space Station (ISS) laboratory to aid their research and achieve breakthroughs that would not have been possible on Earth.