by Andrew Crisp
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration accepted a proposal put together by a dozen Boise State students to take part in the microgravity simulation and research program, joining 13 other student teams from Purdue University, Rice University and more.
The Boise State team will work through the winter and spring to design, build and test equipment before traveling to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in June, to take part in Flight Week. Their research could benefit astronauts suffering loss of bone density after living in space, as part of the team's proposal, "The Effects of Teriparatide on Calcium Signaling in Bone Cells During Parabolic Flight."
Members include a dozen Boise State students with biology, engineering, computer science, business management and education majors, including underclassmen, as well as seniors.
According to Boise State, the students will be holding fundraising activities in 2013 to raise money for the trip to Houston.