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This device projected light through samples from crystal growth experiments on the Space Shuttle. A small growth cell fit into the round opening in the light table. The light enabled close examination of crystals under a microscope, which astronauts set up in an enclosed glovebox. By examining samples, researchers learned which conditions, solutions, and proteins were best for promoting a particular protein's crystal growth. This knowledge is important for medical, drug, and agricultural research. A group of researchers actively involved in experiments for Shuttle flights gave this item and a large set of protein crystal growth equipment to the Museum.
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- 3-D: 12.7 x 11.4 x 9.5cm (5 x 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.)
- 3-D (Hose): 34 × 2.2cm (13 3/8 × 7/8 in.)