July 24, 2008
NASA, USDA Sign Research Agreement For ISS
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) hosted NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Secretary of Agriculture Edward T. Schafer during the signing of a memorandum of understanding to enable the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to conduct plant related research on the International Space Station.
The research will improve our understanding of biological cellular mechanisms and may lead to creative new ways to improve American agriculture, protect the environment and contribute to better human health. The agreement reflects NASA's ongoing efforts to develop the space station as a national laboratory, with the ability to serve a broad range of users.
Image Caption: U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, looks on as Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, left, shakes hands with NASA Administrator Michael Griffin after signing a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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