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CHICAGO — August 2020 — Two student teams from the Chicago area won the August 2020 Go For Launch! in Spring Grove, Illinois. Now, the winning proposals compete for development and launch to the International Space Station (ISS).
(This article is about one of our Go For Launch! student experiments...) he site of the infamous Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 is still beaming with radiation. Yet even in these inhospitable conditions some life has managed to survive and thrive by munching their way through the radiation itself. So-called “black fungi”, or radiotrophic fungi, harnesses the power of melanin (the skin pigment that helps protect us from ultraviolet radiation) to convert gamma-radiation into chemical energy for growth. Previously, this has been touted as a solution to feed astronauts during long space flights, but a new study has reported on the mold’s additional potential as a self-replicating radiation shield that could protect future Mars settlers from the dangers of space. The peculiarities of Chernobyl just keep on growing.
(This is a Go For Launch! experiment...) While engineers, astronomers and even sociologists are working diligently to address the issues preventing humanity from reaching distant planets, one problem has long remained unattended - how to defend cosmic pioneers from one of humanity's biggest space hazards - rampant radiation.
Students from Chicago region compete to launch their ideas to the International Space Station, just like the local team Reginae Reginarum did in November 2019. On Aug. 3-4, high-school students attending the Higher Orbits Go For Launch! program work with Captain Wendy Lawrence, who is a retired naval aviator and astronaut, and scientists to create research proposals and projects that will compete to be developed and launched in coming months.