Who you calling space worm?
A team of young scientists beat out 30 other groups to send their science project into space, using a test tube and 30,000 tiny worms. The science squad, composed of 10 students from the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Schools (UTS), won their bid to conduct microgravity experiments in space as part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. After the worms blasted off, they spent six weeks on the International Space Station. Funding their endeavours with $40,000 from a Kickstarter campaign and others, the science squad wanted to find out if a protein (ASM-2) that seemed to link to muscle atrophy in ALS patients and astronauts alike could be studied in a weightless environment. The results could lead to new research in potential ALS treatments.
SCIENCE SQUAD L–R: Annabel Gravely, Amy Freeman and Alice Vlasov