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Here they go again!

Second Space Mission of the C+K Devices

ISS QuadratSince the early morning of March 29, our devices Corneometer®, Tewameter® and Visioscan® have been back in space on board of the ISS. They started on March 28 at 9:43 pm (MEZ) with the Sojus rocket from the Russian space port in Balkonur.


The project SKIN B is a successor study of the mission of 2006 SKIN CARE, where the C+K devices have already been used to perform measurements in Weltraummessung2space. This study could show clearly, that skin problems, like itching or scaly skin but also delayed wound healing and allergies against certain materials are on top of the list of health problems in space. In this context, the measurements of skin hydration, the transepidermal waterloss and the structure of the skin play a big role. The findings of SKIN CARE are now further investigated by the university of Witten-Herdecke, directed by Prof. Heinrich.

The first study also showed, that during a six months exposure in space, skin ages in the same way as on earth but accelerated (fortunately reversible as after one year skin was almost back to normal). Should this knowledge be confirmed, interesting skin aging studies in time lapse could be performed in the laboratory of the ISS in the future.

At the same time the skin is representing also other organs epithel or connective tissue. Thus changes in the skin may also indicated other systemic diseases.

The project SKIN B is sponsored (FKZ: 50WP1106) by the space agency DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.) and the devices have been qualified for the use in space by Kayser-Threde GmbH.
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