Here is this week’s Space to Ground report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Interviews with the astronauts who will fly on the first Boeing Starliner and SpaceX Dragon flights to the ISS (see yesterday’s event posting here):

** High school student compete to make the best breakfast for astronauts on the ISS:

Spatulas at the ready, teams of students from more than 30 high schools across the country faced off at Space Center Houston to find the best breakfast entrée to send to the crew on the International Space Station. Take a look at the action from the fourth annual High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) Culinary Challenge, and the winning dish from Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama. For more on the Culinary Challenge: http://hunchculinary.com/

** Hopefully, such breakfasts will make the Astronauts’ stomach flora happy:

Trillions of microorganisms live on and in the human body, many of them essential to its function and health. These organisms, collectively known as the microbiota, outnumber cells in the body by at least five times. 

Microorganisms in the intestinal tract, the gut microbiota, play an especially important role in human health. An investigation on the International Space Station, Rodent Research-7 (RR-7), examines how the gut microbiota changes in response to spaceflight, and how that change in turn affects the immune system, metabolic system, and circadian or daily rhythms.

Read more about RR-7: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…

Follow updates on the science conducted aboard the space station on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iss_research

For more information on how you can conduct your research in microgravity, visit https://go.nasa.gov/2q84LJj

HD DOWNLOAD: https://archive.org/details/jsc2018m0…

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