The history of the UCSD NASA Lab's involvement in flight research, or experiments aboard NASA's Space Shuttle is extensive.
It began during the SpaceLab Life Sciences experiments aboard STS-40 and STS-58 and continued with the Life and Microgravity Sciences experiment aboard STS-78, the Neurolab experiment aboard STS-90 and the STS-95 mission culminating with the PuFF experiment aboard the International Space Station.
Lab researchers have been equally active conducting an array of ground experiments, often in parallel with those flying high above the Earth.
Frequently, these experiments have given lab researchers first hand experience with weightlessness aboard NASA's KC-135 microgravity research plane. While floating above the Earth lab researchers have studied the effects of gravity on the deposition of particulate matter in the lungs.
Relatively recent advances in microcomputer technology have also allowed investigators to begin to build complex computer models of the human lung. These models allow us to simulate the effects of gravity on the lung and discover new and potentially exciting ways to study those effects without ever leaving our laboratories.