August 30, 2005

Small Satellite Tackles Big Biology Questions

If humans are to embark outward beyond low Earth orbit, research scientists are faced with a set of perplexing challenges. Chief among them is a better grasp of the biological effects that occur from exposure to the space environment—particularly from radiation and reduced gravity.

Data gleaned from ground and in-space studies can help create countermeasures to the injurious impacts from long-duration space stays on the Moon, Mars, and elsewhere.

There are plenty of large problems out there to solve. And that’s where small satellite technology in the form of a GeneSat-1 might play a big role.

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