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Oxford Science Cafe': Plants in Space!

Invitation: Science is fun at the Oxford Science Cafe! Join us for an exciting presentation by Dr. John Kiss (University of Mississippi).

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Join science enthusiasts at Lusa Pastry Café for our next Oxford Science Café. Dr. John Kiss, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Biology at the University of Mississippi, will present "My life with NASA: Why do we need plants to go to Mars?"

Plants will be an important part of life support systems (to generate oxygen) on the trip to Mars, and astronauts on a future Martian base will need to cultivate plants for part of their food supply. Thus, it is important for NASA and international space agencies to understand basic plant biology in order to develop these bioregenerative life support systems. I have worked with NASA since 1987 and have served as Principal Investigator on six spaceflight projects to date. These experiments have been on the U.S. Space Shuttle, the Russian Space Station Mir, and the International Space Station (ISS). I will review the results of our past experiments as well as introduce our upcoming experiments on the ISS that will be launched this spring on the SpaceX rocket. One major focus of the current project is to better understand plant behavior in the reduced gravity on Mars.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 6pm - 7pm.

Where: Lusa Pastry Cafe', 1120 North Lamar Blvd, Oxford MS, 38655

Cost: Free!

Oxford Science Café: Monthly conversations about the science we know and the science we don't know. Everyone is invited, and children are welcome! Like us on Facebook.

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