Past Canadian Experiments on the Station

Advanced Plant Experiments on orbit (APEX-Cambium)

Canada's first study of its kind, APEX-Cambium helped to determine the role gravity plays in how trees form different kinds of wood.

See APEX-Cambium section

Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit (APEX-CSA2)

Canadian white spruce seedlings were sent to the Space Station to help researchers understand how trees make wood.

See APEX-CSA2 section

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT-5)

Did you know that if you drink a glass of milk, you consume colloids? If you paint the walls of your home, you use colloids to create a protective coating for the wall.

See BCAT-5 section

Bodies In the Space Environment (BISE) - Which way is up in space?

An experiment that studied how astronauts distinguish up from down in a near-weightless environment.

See BISE section

Diagnosing Medical Conditions on Earth and in Space (Microflow)

The portable, technology could offer near real-time medical diagnosis for astronauts in space, people in remote communities or in areas affected by natural disasters where medical equipment is not readily available.

See Microflow section

H-Reflex flexes its muscles!

H-reflex was the first medical experiment completed on the Space Station to study how the human body adapts to weightlessness. So how does zero gravity affect an astronaut's body?

See H-Reflex section

Little transistor records radiation levels (EVARM)

An experiment that enabled researchers to measure the levels of radiation astronauts are exposed to during a spacewalk.

See EVARM section

Marangoni Experiment in Space (MEIS-2)

The results from the Marangoni experiments on the ISS could be used to develop higher quality, more efficiently produced semiconductor crystals.

See MEIS-2 section

Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space (PMDIS)

The study found that astronauts' bodies must be restrained while performing fine motor movements but arm restraints are not necessary.

See PMDIS section

Radi-N Neutron Field Study

The astronauts of the International Space Station receive much higher doses of radiation than we do on Earth. These unstable particles have the potential to damage or mutate DNA—this can cause cataracts, and cancer.

See Radi-N section

SODI-IVIDIL

To properly learn about how thermal diffusion works, it is necessary to isolate it so that it is the only thing affecting molecular movement in a liquid—gravity must be removed. SODI-IVIDIL does just that.

See SODI-IVIDIL section

Space travel can be dizzying (CCISS Experiment)

This experiment studied how long periods in space affect the human body. It also offers approaches that will better protect space travelers in the future.

See CCISS section

The Ultimate Tickle Test (HYPERSOLE)

A Canadian research project that studied sudden changes in skin sensitivity experienced by some astronauts.

See HYPERSOLE section