The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), located in the European Space Agency’s Colombus laboratory module, enablPicture of the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG)es scientists from multiple disciplines to participate actively in the assembly and operation of experiments in space with much the same degree of involvement they have in their own research laboratories. Developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the MSG was launched to the international Space Station (ISS) in June, 2002. This facility offers an enclosed 255-liter (9 cubic foot) work area accessible to the crew through glove ports and to ground-based scientists through real-time data links and video. Because the work area is sealed and held at a negative pressure, the crew can manipulate experiment hardware and samples without the danger of small parts, particulates, fluids, or gases escaping into the open laboratory module.

The Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) is available for international Space Station’s U.S. National Laboratory payload usage.


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For more information, please contact:

MSFC MSG Project Manager:

Ginger Flores
(256) 544-5068