VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize Winner will Analyse Spaceflown Samples

VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize Winner will Analyse Spaceflown Samples

The winner of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, Elizabeth Blaber, will analyse spaceflight tissue samples to investigate ”The Influence of Spaceflight Factors on Biological Function”, in particular the combined effects of space radiation and microgravity, under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Almeida. Dr Almeida flew millions of mouse stem cells on Space Shuttle Discovery in April 2010, to investigate why astronauts' bones and muscles atrophy http://spacebiosciences.arc.nasa.gov/.

Elizabeth left for her 10 week NASA Academy program on the 8th June. Follow Elizabeth’s blog at http://blogs.vssec.vic.edu.au/vnasp/

During her time at the Academy Elizabeth will talk with students at the [intlink id="175" type="page"]Victorian Space School[/intlink], the South Australian Space School and the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum. She will also address delegates at the Australian Space Development Conference with NASA Ames Academy Director, Dr. Brad Bailey.

If you would like to learn more about the NASA Academy Program and the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize, Dr. Adrian Brown and Dr. Jennifer Heldmann from NASA Ames, will be presenting a series of FREE lectures. For more details go to [intlink id="2106" type="page"]Mars Science Laboratory Mission: The Search for Methane and Carbonate on Mars - and the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize[/intlink]