In the interests of finding anything positive happening on the NASA front, I'm please to pass along this press release.
April 24, 2009
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-44
NASA NANOSATELLITE LAUNCH SCHEDULED, TEAM AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - NASA engineers and project scientists are ready for the May 5 scheduled launch of the PharmaSat nanosatellite and will be available for interviews.... The PharmaSat nanosatellite will fly as a secondary payload aboard the U.S. Air Force four-stage Minotaur 1 rocket that will launch out of NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at Wallops Island, Va. PharmaSat is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs approximately 10 pounds. It contains a controlled environment micro-laboratory packed with sensors and optical systems that can detect the growth, density and health of yeast cells and transmit that data to scientists for analysis on Earth. PharmaSat will also monitor the levels of pressure, temperature and acceleration the yeast and the satellite experience while circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. PharmaSat's primary goal is to help scientists better understand how effectively drugs work in space by studying how yeast responds to an antifungal treatment.
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