Bottle, Glovebox Hip Pack, Protein Crystal Growth Experiment, Shuttle


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This is one of several bottles of solutions used in protein crystal growth experiments on the Space Shuttle. Its handwritten label indicates that it held the enzyme Lysozyme in a buffer solution that remains stable when another chemical is added. Protein crystal growth experiments involved mixing proteins in different solutions to learn which combinations and conditions produced the best crystals for analysis. A group of researchers actively involved in these experiments for Shuttle flights gave a large set of protein crystal growth equipment, including this item, to the Museum.


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Credit Line

Gift of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Biological Sciences and Engineering

Country of Origin

United States of America


plastic, rubber, paper, adhesive, glass, velcro


3-D: 8.9 x 2.5cm (3 1/2 x 1 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


EQUIPMENT-Scientific Devices

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