“How do I become a plant biologist astronaut?” “How do I get my seeds into space?” “Why is NASA at a plant biology meeting?” “Was the movie ‘Martian’ accurate when it came to growing potatoes on Mars?” These are just a handful of questions asked at the American Society for Plant Biologists Conference, July 08 - 13 in Austin, TX where NASA GeneLab and Space Biology from Ames Research Center, and Kennedy Space Center’s Life Sciences cohosted an exhibit booth.
During the six-day conference 150 meeting attendees visited the booth to learn about GeneLab and NASA life sciences research on the International Space Station, grant funding opportunities, student internships, and NASA post-doctoral fellowship opportunities. Approximately 80% of the booth visitors were undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students interested in opportunities to work with NASA, 15% were professors and researchers from academia, and the remaining 5% were public affairs representatives, other exhibitors, and members of the commercial sector.
To demonstrate how experiments are run on the International Space Station, the European Modular Cultivation System experiment container, a seed cassette preloaded with Arabidopsis seeds, and WetLab sample preparation tools were featured at the exhibit booth.
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