Syringes Kit, 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 case contains a set of syringes used in protein crystal growth experiments on the Space Shuttle. Astronauts activated experiments by injecting a solution into a growth cell to start the process of protein crystal growth. By experimenting with different proteins, solutions, and growth conditions, researchers learned more about producing protein crystals large enough to be studied closely. This knowledge is important for medical, drug, and agricultural research.

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


  • Acrylic
  • Aluminum Alloy
  • Stainless steel
  • Plastics
  • Brass
  • Glass
  • Velcro
  • Foam


3-D (Closed): 21.3 x 21 x 4.4cm (8 3/8 x 8 1/4 x 1 3/4 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