MALETH: Malta’s Space Mission

Project Maleth is Malta's first mission to space! Space is offering a whole new area of exploration for medical research and you can be part of this exciting mission too. Project Maleth is now accepting donations until launch and will remain IN ORBIT from 29th August to 28th October 2021

Joseph - University of Malta Research July 30, 2021 at 3:06 pm
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Project Description

We are crowdfunding for Malta’s next missions to space and to advance further life sciences research into both complex and rare disease research. The money will allow us to once again explore microgravity and space as a tool to study, in a unique manner, certain diseases that affect the Maltese population ranging from blood disorders to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and many more.

The first historic mission that is about to take place this month of August 2021 has been successfully funded through a unique joint collaboration between Academia, Private Sector and Government Sector to bring together the necessary infrastructure, money and logistics.

We now INVITE YOU, to be part of the journey that we are about to embark. Be part of the 1st Space Omix Group (SOG) and lend your voice and ideas to the next scientific missions that will take place after the first mission. Search and explore our Zaar rewards being made available to you. Do you have a specific request? Do you have an idea? Want your message to be part of the first mission?

The Background

Malta’s first ever mission to space! In the Ice Cubes #9 – SpaceOMIX investigation, human skin microbiome samples (from selected Type 2 Diabetic patients with diabetic foot ulcers resistant to treatment) are studied as part of the first-ever Maltese space experiment on the International Space Station (ISS). The microbiome is co-cultured on both ground-based (analog) and space-based conditions to determine their adaptation and changes to the environment. All samples are analysed in a multi-omic manner using state-of-the-art molecular biology techniques, and all data is to be deposited as part of the NASA GeneLab database. This project holds a lot of promise for patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus inflicted with Diabetic Foot Ulcers that are difficult to treat. If a number of biomarkers are identified using this approach, it can be a game changer for molecular therapy and precision-based medicine aimed at treating these ulcers and ensuring a better quality of life to these patients.

The Issue

463 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. Malta has one of the highest levels of cases, ranking third in Europe, with 12.2% of the population suffering from this disease.

Read more details about the medical background of the research in the FAQ section of this project .

The Reach of Multiple Donations

This project is being supported by the Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT) of the University of Malta, which is tasked to support and sustain research in all areas of study at the university by raising funds from various sectors of society.

Stretch Goals


Support an M.Sc student 10,000.00

We will support a M.Sc degree student in addition to the two B.Sc for his or her academic qualification specialising in space biosciences and molecular genetics.

Support a PhD candidate 15,000.00

Support further scientific research 30,000.00

Let's go back into space! 60,000.00

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