SCIENCE

Swedish space experiment successful

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A Swedish-based space experiment using human blood cells as part of a study to find out why the immune systems of astronauts are weakened by space travel has been declared a success. The cells were one of five experiments sent up into orbit in a Maser rocket from the Esrange space centre in northern Kiruna on Monday.

Maser stands for "Material Science Experiment Rocket" and Monday's launch of the 5 metre unmanned projectile took just six minutes to complete its mission, 160 kilometres above the earth's atsmosphere.

The five experiments on board come from the European Space Agency. The Swedish Space Corporation's responsibility in Kiruna lies with the rocket and the launch.

The man leading the maser 12 project for the Swedish Space Corporation is Gunnar Florin and he has been speaking to Radio Sweden.

Click on the link to listen to the interview.