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UL Lafayette research project now aboard International Space Station

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Dr. Karl Hasenstein. (Source: University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Dr. Karl Hasenstein. (Source: University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
Hasenstein's project. (Source: University of Louisiana at Lafayette) Hasenstein's project. (Source: University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
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Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -

Dr. Karl Hasenstein, a biology professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is leading a research project that is now aboard the International Space Station.

The project was sent into space using a Falcon 9 rocket as part of a resupply mission by NASA last month.

The project aims to look at how plants sense and react to directional forces by studying their behavior in a nearly weightless environment.

The experiment is set to come back down to Earth on May 18 or 22, weather permitting. A capsule containing the project will land in the Pacific Ocean near California, before being transported to Florida, where Hasenstein will retrieve it.

After that, Hasenstein says six to eight months of studying the plants will begin. Researchers will look at starch grain distributions and conduct tests to see if the conditions in space had any effect on gene expression.

For more information on the project, visit http://www.kplctv.com/story/24978516/ul-lafayette-research-project-headed-to-space-station.

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