NASA's Rodent Research Team Gets the Interstellar Sticker Treatment


The NASA Rodent Research Facility provides rodent housing on board the International Space Station (ISS), and for their latest mission they printed up a cool triangle shaped custom kiss cut sticker. They've got the ISS on there, plus a transporter and the rodent all orbiting the earth.

These are some seriously awesome rodents, as the Rodent Research-9 mission, RR-9, is the first in a series of rodent payloads on the International Space Station (ISS) that is dedicated to NASA-sponsored science experiments. Previous missions on the ISS involved commercial and other government agency experiments selected by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). They fly these little folks up there to study the physiological systems of humans and animals due to the exposure to spaceflight conditions.

Ground-based and space flight studies by many investigators demonstrate that the mouse species is a good model for studying the changes in physiological systems in response to space flight. As a result there is a wealth of literature on the physiological impact of space flight and altered gravity on mice that can be compared with future flight data.

The ISS houses up to 10 mice for up to 30 days per unit and additional testing is in the works to increase this to up to 90 days. The crew transfers the mice from the Transporter to the Habitats shortly after docking with the ISS, and then the crew conducts experiment-specific operations while in orbit. These custom stickers will help identify the team, and we're proud to be sending on our stickers in the name of science.

Learn more about rodent research in microgravity.

We have a history with NASA Stickers

We've printed NASA stickers a few times now, and you can read about those sticker stories on the blog. Start with our first NASA sticker story about the HICO-RAID, and then move on to the Critical Space Item stickers, the Extreme Environment Mission Operations Neemo story, the Edge program, a cool sticker for the Orion EFT 1, a cool student collaboration from the University of Michigan called M Cubed, and finally a writeup about the STORRM.

Kiss Cut Stickers offer many options

Kiss cut stickers are a very customizable sticker. They can come individually sheeted, like the Rodent Research sticker, or they can come on a roll. With a kiss cut sticker, you can print in various shapes, sizes and orientations. We print in full color and offer durable UV lamination. They are easily stackable for displays, and with the oversized backing, they are easier to peel and apply.