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Experiment RPI professor helped create heads to space

July 17, 2019 10:41 AM

It's exciting news for RPI. An RPI-led experiment is headed to the International Space Station. It could help researchers learn more about Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and diabetes.

The idea is to better understand those diseases. It's a method that was developed by a professor at RPI. The experiment will soon be launched into space.

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Dr. Amir Hirsa is a professor of mechanical aerospace and nuclear engineering at RPI. He also has a chemical and biological background.

He's looking at fluid dynamics – a passion of his, to see what happens to protein samples, how they go from their natural state to when they become degenerative.

To see what happens with as few outside complications as possible means a microgravity environment, so the experiment is going to the International Space Station.

The research project is backed by NASA's George Marshall Space Flight Center.

About two weeks ago, teams from NASA spent time at RPI.

Once the experiment is in space, Professor Hirsa's team will be controlling it from a lab at RPI.

Hirsa says the experiment is beyond exciting for him. If it works, he says that there's a lot that can be done with it.

Hear more from Professor Hirsa about what this experiment means to him, by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.

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