As part of NASA's latest launch to the International Space Station on Dec. 5, the space agency sent up 5,600 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The cargo mission supports the ISS's crewmembers and dozens of experiments on the orbiting space lab.
Included in that payload is equipment for several science experiments and the potential to help with macular degeneration and research that may significantly improve wound healing – especially tissue regeneration.
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Former NASA astronaut Terry Virts, who logged 212 days in space and conducted three spacewalks totaling more than 19 hours, added to that and said the experiments conducted in a zero-gravity environment, especially medical experiments, have a pretty "profound potential" to help humans on Earth.
"One of the benefits in zero-gravity is that you can grow things like tissues or crystals where there's no weight," Virts told Fox News.