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Space Station Boosting Biological Research in Orbit

The study of Arabidopsis thaliana, pictured here, will be a continuation of previous research to understand how the effects of hypobaric environments on the International Space Station determine plant growth in microgravity for long-duration space missions. Image Credit: NASA

The study of Arabidopsis thaliana, pictured here, will be a continuation of previous research to understand how the effects of hypobaric environments on the International Space Station determine plant growth in microgravity for long-duration space missions.

Image Credit: NASA

Analyzing the science of biology in microgravity opens a world of possibilities! Research ranges from plant growth to cell growth and from bacterial virulence to strength in human bones. The scope of biology research provides scientists with opportunities to convert findings into treatments and applications for use on Earth and in space exploration.

Supporting this research in biological science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA has selected 31 investigations which were proposed in response to the most recent NASA Research Announcement titled “Research Opportunities in Space Biology.”

These NASA-sponsored studies will help increase the collective knowledge about how biological systems adapt to space. Findings from this research add to the foundation on which other scientists and engineers can build. This can lead to approaches and countermeasures to problems confronting human exploration of space, as well as translate to new biological tools or applications on Earth.

Read the full story on NASA's website

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