Cylinder 4, 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 container holds two syringes, putty, and tweezers stowed in a small rack. Such equipment was used in protein crystal growth experiments on many Space Shuttle missions. Medical, drug, and agricultural researchers were interested in learning more about the structure of proteins, which form larger, easier-to-study crystals in the microgravity environment of spaceflight. A group of researchers actively involved in experiments for Shuttle flights gave this item and more protein crystal growth equipment to the Museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

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


plastic, metal, plasicized clay, velcro, unidentified liquid, magnets


3-D (cylinder): 14 x 4.4cm (5 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


EQUIPMENT-Scientific Devices

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