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NASA selects space biology research projects that will allow organisms to thrive in deep space

NASA selects space biology research projects that will allow organisms to thrive in deep space

Status report of: NASA Physical and Space Life Sciences
Posted: Saturday October 30th, 2021

NASA announces 10 grants or cooperative agreements for exciting new research in space biology that will enable NASA to better understand how living systems respond, acclimate and adapt to the space environment at support of human space exploration. As human exploration prepares to move beyond low Earth orbit, space biology is shifting its research priorities toward work that will allow organisms to Thriving in Deep Space (TIDES). These efforts will focus on determining the effects of multiple deep-space stressors (eg, radiation and reduced gravity) on multiple organisms.

This work will support animal research (vertebrates and invertebrates) that will allow us to better understand human responses to the deep space environment. Plant research will support human exploration either through the eventual production of micronutrients and food during deep space missions or through the establishment of bioregenerative life support systems.

The goal of the TIDES initiative is to enable long-duration missions and improve life on Earth through innovative research. Learn more about the surveys that have been awarded…

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