LANGSTON, OK, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 – DreamUp, the leading provider space-based educational opportunities, and sister-company Nanoracks, the leading provider of commercial access to space, today have announced a joint effort with Oklahoma Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Langston University, to fly their research to the International Space Station. These efforts will contribute to ongoing microgravity research that will help expand human presence forward to the Moon, and eventually Mars. DreamUp, Nanoracks, and Langston University announced this program today in a signing ceremony, alongside NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
Langston University has partnered with Johnson Space Center to develop natural countermeasures — through extracts from plants — that they predict will help to restore astronauts’ immune system in spaceflight conditions. This research, led by biochemist Dr. Byron Quinn, is funded by the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO).
Immune system dysregulation has been found to reactivate multiple latent viruses in astronauts during space shuttle missions and the researchers at Langston University believe they have found a way to naturally treat this through the use of medicinal phytochemicals found in plant extracts.
DreamUp, via Nanoracks, has brought over 400 student experiments to the International Space ...