Sep 22, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

NASA Researches Together With USU For Longer Sustainable Space Missions

Mar 05, 2017 11:57 PM EST

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Utah State University professors will be working with NASA to research on how astronauts can sustain themselves on Mars. The teams are going to work together on CUBES project.

Utah State University has reported that two professors from the university will be working with NASA. USU professors Bruce Bugbee and Lance Seefeldt will become investigators on NASA's newly initiated 'CUBES' Space Technology Research Institute. Biochemist Lance Seefeldt and botanist Bruce Bugbee will be leading the $15 million, the five-year project of NASA. It was announced on Feb. 16, 2017, that NASA will lead the new Space Technology Research Institute, "Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space" or CUBES.

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These people will be studying and researching about how people can sustain life in Mars. They will be the people responsible for starting Earth's life on Mars. Professor Seefeldt, professor in USU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry finds the project very exciting. "NASA is moving beyond near-Earth orbit projects and investing in technologies to make long-duration space missions possible and sustainable," he also said.

Sending supplies from Earth takes two long years before reaching Mars. It will be too long Seefeldt said. It is not only slow but very expensive. The astronauts in Mars should learn how to make their own food while living on the red planet, but not only those but also medicine and houses.

Meanwhile, NASA has discovered a new substance that can help a plant grow in space. The newly discovered plant substance will also help grow food for astronauts on Mars. Arcillate is being added to seeds in the Advance Plant Habitat in some NASA research laboratories and facilities. They are the ones helping it grow in space and by them.

More specifically, it is at the Kennedy Space Center where a team of scientists has been developing the procedures for the first experiment using a prototype. They have also engineered the development unit of the plant habitat in the Space Station Processing Facility. If these research and study will be very successful, it will be in no time that people can live on Mars. NASA will lead the future of this.


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