If all goes to plan, the brain experiment, which comes from Israel-based startup Brain.Space, will launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle on April 6 along with the four private astronauts the Ax-1 mission. The crew, whose flight was booked by Axiom Space, will embark on a 10-day excursion which will include eight days of living and working aboard the International Space Station.
The headset and associated hardware will be tested aboard the ISS, Brain.Space said on their website. The experiment will also return to Earth with the Ax-1 crew.
The company says that their examination of the brain will be unique, as, according to them, to-date, "there is currently no high-quality longitudinal data regarding the neural changes in prolonged space missions," their website states.
By obtaining and studying this information, the company aims to gain more insight into how the brain adapts in space, which is an environment full of challenges like radiation, microgravity and isolation. Learning about the "day-to-day plastic changes" of the brain, the company states on its website. The company terms that these adaptations, could help future spaceflyers get more comfortable in orbit.