In 2003, the business cooperation between National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Analytik Jena USA, Inc. will be extended considerably. Already in the recent past, the well known pioneer of research and development in aeronautics and astronautics laid the foundations for this cooperation. In the last year, NASA, which by revolutionary findings is also contributing to the improvement of day-to-day life, decided on purchasing an instrument system from Analytik Jena AG.
The multi EA® 3000 Elemental Analyzer is being used now at the NASA for the determination of the chlorine content in liquid and gaseous samples. Since January 1, 2003 Analytik Jena USA, Inc. and the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center have been working on the further development and improvement of astronaut food. For this job, the PHOTOCHEM® instrument system will be used in future. This system made by the Bioanalytical Solutions business unit is designed for testing various foodstuffs for their antioxidant contents. The project aims at developing "space food" with optimum antioxidant content to protect astronauts and occupants aboard the International Space Station (ISS) from the effects of oxidative stress. At the same time, the research work is to provide information on how to considerably prolong the period of keeping food for longer space missions (e.g. for the planned Mars expedition). Further planned projects include measurements of the antioxidative capacity in the blood plasma of astronauts before and after space flights. This helps to improve the determination of the physical stresses and the effects of space missions.
On the part of Analytik Jena USA, Inc., Dr. Andreas Sterner will be responsible for the joint research projects with the NASA, which have been scheduled already until the year 2005. Beside the commercial success, further highlights of the scientific cooperation include reports of the NASA about the latest findings of the research project, the direct exhibition of the PHOTOCHEM® in the Johnson Space Center in Houston as well as the participation in the annual meetings of all NASA partners. In addition, Analytik Jena will be listed as commercial partner of the NASA and the Analytik Jena AG logo be illustrated in NASA literature. Analytik Jena AG is also given the permission to use the NASA logo for advertising.