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NRL fungal experiment launches as Artemis I payload
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Aug. 26, 2022 | 1:40
Why do we need fungus in space? The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is teaming up with @NASA@European Space Agency, ESA to launch samples of their fungi into the cosmos... catching a ride on the Artemis I mission, scheduled to blast off for orbit to the moon Aug. 29.

The experiment will use samples of fungi to investigate effects of the deep space radiation environment outside of Earth’s protective magnetosphere.

While NRL has a long history in space exploration, stretching back to the V-2 rocket test in the late 1940s, this experiment marks a first in space for the Lab. The fungal experiment will become the first biological project performed at NRL to be launched to space.

After the Orion spacecraft completes its mission the fungal samples will be returned to NRL for a thorough analysis.

For media inquiries contact: nrlpao@nrl.navy.mil

For more information visit: https://www.nrl.navy.mil/Media/News/Article/3140516/nrl-fungal-experiment-launches-as-artemis-i-payload/

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