How cool is this? Des Moines Area Community College Biotechnology program graduate Lyndsay Baker's experiment will be sent to the International Space Station for research. Lyndsay hopes that the algae grown as part of her experiment will produce the compound astaxanthin to help keep astronauts healthy.
Lyndsay's project, Microalgae Biosynthesis in Microgravity (MicroAlgae), studies the effects of microgravity on Haematococcus pluvialis , an algae capable of producing a powerful antioxidant, astaxanthin. It could provide a readily available dietary supplement to promote astronaut health on long-duration space exploration missions. Lyndsay is an alumna of... Read more