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IU medical students partner with NASA on space project

Students head to Florida this week
Posted at 3:13 PM, Jul 08, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS—Eight IU School of Medicine students are giving NASA some help with an important experiment.

The medical research students won't be going into outer space, but they will be traveling to Cape Canaveral, this week.

IU Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Dr. Melissa Kacena and her team are partnering with NASA and the U.S. Army to complete the second phase of their bone-healing in space research project.

Two years ago, the same team sent mice into space to test bone-healing therapies in weightlessness. This time, they're sending bone cells to the International Space Station to test the effectiveness of drugs that could help astronauts and people with osteoporosis.

The students have been working on their research in Indianapolis, at the Kacena Lab on the IUPUI campus.