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Drug Experiment Performed On Atlantis

Astronauts on the space shuttle Atlantis are taking a small amount of time from their work servicing the Hubble Space Telescope to tend a commercial drug experiment aimed at finding a vaccine against a deadly staph infection that plagues hospital patients.

The astronauts essentially have to turn a crank in one of the middeck lockers twice during the mission - once to mix liquids in test tubes inside a triple-redundant containment cylinder to start the experiment, and
 
 

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