Space launches are some of the most amazing and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are absolutely complex in one, you apprehend just how much can go wrong.

We are currently in Florida, nervously counting down the hours until we launch our experiment, sending bags of diminutive worms to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch, taking place at NASA Kennedy Space Center on December 4, isn’t the only one we have to worry about. Our mission is abased on a Soyuz rocket auspiciously accustomed three crew associates to the ISS the day before – the lift off has just been completed.

The cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (Russia), and astronauts Anne McClain (US), and David Saint-Jacques (Canada) will help run the science abstracts on the ISS once in space.

We are hoping the worms can help us bare more about muscle loss in astronauts during spaceflight. Astronauts can lose up to 40 percent of their muscle mass during a long term mission, consistent in cogent reductions in backbone and concrete capacity.

Indeed, a loss of backbone of 40 percent is almost agnate to the change in backbone that comes from aging from 40 to 80 years on Earth. The muscle loss abnormality is accordingly a cogent obstacle for long term basic spaceflight, such as missions to Mars.

Exercise assay analysis in the ambience of spaceflight was first conducted during the NASA Apollo and Skylab missions during the 1960 and 1970s. But admitting over five decades of assay in space, there are no countermeasures that can auspiciously anticipate the abrogating furnishings of spaceflight.