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Educators Learn about the Ins and Outs of the Solar System

By SpaceRef Editor
August 9, 2001
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NOTE TO EDITORS: News media and the public are invited to a talk this Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose. The talk will be held in The Tech’s Center for Learning. Admission to the talk is free with a paid admission to The Tech.

Dr. Charles Wade, senior staff scientist in the Life Sciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will speak at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose on Saturday, Aug.11, at 2 p.m. in the Center for Learning.

Wade’s talk is titled “Altered gravity and life processes: building habitats for living systems on the International Space Station.” Ames’ Space Station Biological Research Project (SSBRP) is leading NASA’s efforts to develop the systems required to support a wide range of fundamental gravitational biology research on the International Space Station. SSBRP manages the development of several habitats that will provide life support, environmental control, and monitoring systems for various research subjects and specimens, including plants, cells, eggs, insects, aquatic species and rodents.

Scientists in Ames’ Life Sciences Division study how the unique environment of space affects living systems, from cells in culture to physiological studies in animals and humans. Through a better understanding of fundamental physiology will come knowledge useful for both the maintenance of human health on Earth and the development of countermeasures to the effects of long-term space flight.

The division conducts ground-based life sciences research, and implements flight experiments onboard the space shuttle, the International Space Station, and a variety of unpiloted international spacecraft. It also develops the technology required to perform life sciences research on the ground and in space and works to transfer technology and promote education to improve the quality of life on Earth. More information is available at:

Life sciences research at Ames is supported by NASA’s Office of Biological and Physical Research, which promotes basic and applied research to support human exploration of space and to take advantage of the space environment as a laboratory. More information is available at:

The Tech Museum is an educational resource designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives, and to inspire young people to become innovators in developing the technologies of the future. More information is available at:

SpaceRef staff editor.