LOGAN, Utah – Researchers hope to use a cubesat to fly the first biological experiment beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) in four decades, a miniaturized habitat that will evaluate the effects of deep-space radiation on yeast DNA. The mission is designed to validate radiation damage models for human crews. Ultimately, biologists at NASA’s Ames Research Center hope to develop bio-sensors that can alert astronauts on deep-space missions beyond Earth’s protective magnetic fields to ...

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