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


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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 Ribonuclease in a wash solution. Protein crystal growth experiments involved mixing proteins in different solutions to learn which combinations and conditions produced the best crystals for analysis.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, actively involved in experiments for Shuttle flights, gave this item and a large set of protein crystal growth equipment to the Museum in 2012.

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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


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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