The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that it will be launching its first long-duration deep space biology mission with the Artemis I lunar mission at the end of the month.
The first long-duration biological experiment in deep orbit will be carried out by the CubeSat BioSentinel, which is set to launch aboard Artemis I from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
According to NASA, yeast-based microorganisms will be carried by BioSentinel to close information gaps about the threats that space radiation poses to human health in deep space.
BioSentinel is the only CubeSat to carry out a biology experiment among five others.
Matthew Napoli, BioSentinel project manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center said that BioSentinel is “the first of its kind.”
“It will carry living organisms farther into space than ever before. That’s really cool!” said Napoli.
NASA said that the Artemis lunar missions aim to prepare humans for increasingly longer-range and longer-duration journeys to other planetary objects including Mars.
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