NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission will carry the world’s 1st deep-space biology experiment

NASA’s next rocket launch will have a few hitchhikers onboard. 

When the Artemis 1 mission launches, currently scheduled for Aug. 29, the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will take to the moon not only NASA’s next-generation Orion capsule, but also 10 tiny cubesats. One of those cubesats is the BioSentinel mission, which will be the first long-duration biology experiment in deep space. (Biology experiments have thus far been limited to the Earth-moon system.) The cubesat, which is carrying yeast cells, will enter an orbit around the sun similar to that of Earth’s. From there, scientists will study how space radiation affects yeast cells.



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