NASA funds UArizona space exploration missions


NASA selected eight university teams — including a joint team of researchers from the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Arizona — to develop technology to support efforts to find and harvest water on the Moon’s south pole. Credit: NASA

Many things change for astronauts when they leave Earth and head into space, but at least one remains the same: They need food and water. NASA recently awarded funding to two University of Arizona teams to search for water and grow food in space.

Led by researchers in the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the missions focus on harvesting water from the lunar surface and improving techniques for microgravity crop production.
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