Dec 10, 2013
Simon Gilroy, UW-Madison Botany Department
"Spacefaring Vegetables: Why Does NASA Launch so Much Lettuce?"
Plants and microbes keep us alive on Earth; they feed us and they purify our air and water. Could they do the same for a long duration spaceflight or a colony on Mars? How does a lack of gravity in space affect plants, microbes, and humans? Professor Gilroy will try to answer what happens to biology when it is in spaceflight and whether down always needs to be down and 1x gravity is always good.
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