PVAMU Team’s Research to be Launched into Space

March 12, 2014
Prairie View A&M University

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A team from the PVAMU Roy G. Perry College of Engineering will make their mark in aeronautics as their hard work will be launched into space this weekend.

The PVAMU group, along with investigators from Texas Southern University, Savannah State University, Tougaloo College, Jarvis Christian College and NASA Johnson Space Center, will launch a payload from the Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station at 4:10 a.m. Sunday. The project is the culmination of months of work and collaborations with investigators at the Johnson Space Center.

The project, “University Research (UR) 1 – Investigations of Countermeasures to Modulate and Augment the Immune System of ISS,” studies the effects of microgravity and radiation on cell cultures, both treated and un-treated with a mitigating compound. The PVAMU group, through the auspices of the NASA Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE) at PVAMU, conducted radiation measurements for the payload. It is scheduled to be launched to the ISS on a SpaceX Dragon capsule.

NASA will host a webinar about the University Research-1 featuring the PVAMU group, along with investigators from the other participating schools, at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST. You can watch the webinar live above.