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Plant biology investigations called Petri Plants explore the fundamental genetic mechanisms plants use to adapt to a microgravity environment.
Unlike flames on Earth, which have a tear-drop shape caused by buoyant air rising in a gravitational field, flames in space curl themselves into tiny balls. Untethered by gravity, they flit around as if they have minds of their own.
One of the downfalls of space travel is that astronauts are limited in the types of food they can eat due to the low gravity environment, but researchers are working on a solution that could one day allow the men and women traveling to Mars or the moon to enjoy a home-cooked meal.
Astronauts on future missions may nibble on lettuce and grow their own antibiotics, depending on the results of research that student scientists plan to conduct on the International Space Station.
Researchers build on the work of those who have gone before. New experiments intersect with published research; current investigations expand the scope of earlier work; new tests verify and challenge old results. And so it goes with all research, including microgravity flame studies.
Deep Space Industries announced on Tuesday that it plans to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system.
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston is accepting applications from teams of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school teachers to conduct scientific experiments aboard the agency's reduced gravity aircraft next year.
Scientists reported in the FASEB Journal that they have determined a major cause of astronauts experiencing low blood pressure after returning to Earth from space.
New research published online in the FASEB Journal suggests that a specific enzyme, called 5-lipoxygenase, plays a key role in cell death induced by microgravity environments, and that inhibiting this enzyme will likely help prevent or lessen the severity of immune problems in astronauts caused by spaceflight.
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