Executive director, Mars Gravity Biosatellite
areas of expertise: space travel, human exploration of mars
Erika Wagner is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and program director for the Mars Gravity Biosatellite.
The student-initiated satellite development program, led by MIT in collaboration with Georgia Tech, hopes to find out how the mammalian body will adapt to a prolonged stay on the surface of Mars. The team will launch mice into near-Earth orbit inside a rotating, artificial gravity spacecraft to learn how reduced gravity affects mouse physiology, a vital step toward preparing for a human mission to Mars.
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