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December 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Messenger: OHIO Team to Launch Rocket to Study Effects of Gravity on Plant Life

“The public is invited to attend a local rocket launch celebrating an Ohio University experiment that will be traveling to the International Space Station next week,” reports the Athens Messenger.

Ohio University’s Team Gravitron, led by Sarah Wyatt, professor of Environmental Plant and Biology and principle investigator, will be conducting a plants-and-gravity experiment, launching aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket on Dec. 19 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The local launch will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at OU’s Bicentennial Park (the lawn between the Convocation Center and Walter Hall).

Team Gravitron has spent more than a year preparing for a NASA-funded experiment that will determine the effects of gravity on plants. Wyatt’s is one of nine space flight experiments in the Research Opportunities in Space Biology program researching gravity’s effect on cells, plants and animals.

For in-depth information, visit: www.ohio-forum.com/2014/12/blast-off-t-minus-counting-team-gravitron-launch/.

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