University of Florida co-investigators Robert Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul are no strangers to suborbital research. They’ve been conducting plant research in microgravity since the late 1990s—first on the Space Shuttle and then on the International Space Station (ISS) and parabolic flights, many of which have been facilitated by Flight Opportunities.
More recently, the pair have begun flying their “space plants” (Arabidopsis thaliana) on rockets, including Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and Blue Origin’s New Shepard. Dr. Ferl and Dr. Paul talked to Parabolic Arc about how they have approached their long-duration research to lead to successful, iterative investigations on multiple flights.Learn more about A Case for Durational Research: Space Plants Co-Investigators Robert Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul.
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