A second team of Gadsden State Community College students began a new chapter with NASA in September. This group took the first phase of their project to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to work on growing plants hydroponically that will create a food source for astronauts. The students worked with NASA officials to combine research, perfect the prototype, and look at ways to successfully grow food on Mars.
The second phase of the project will take place at Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston. The students depart Thursday, November 7th. The team consists of Karen Billingsley, Steven Martinez, Jacob Morris, Jenny Plimpton, Michele Scarber, Tyler Strong, and Dre Wright. While in Houston, the team will work on a project consisting of two components. The first an APH Humidity Control Unit, will test and the optimal volume and rate of water for priming. The second component is the APH subsystem that will house the science experiments performed within the growth chamber.
Tim Green, dean of technical education and workforce development, said, "I am impressed that, once again, NASA has accepted our student's proposal. This is a great opportunity for the students to expand their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills while working with NASA in completing this experiment."