Bridgeport college students study gravity's effect on human body

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Two University of Bridgeport students created an experiment to test the effects of gravity, or lack of it, on the human body.

Biology majors Emily Juliano and Feissal Djoule's research aims to tag cells and analyze images of cellular changes in space so scientists can better understand the effects of space flight on human health. They've been working since September.

It's already known that astronauts experience physical changes in microgravity, but the team hopes to answer the question of why and help with solutions to stop it.

The project was selected by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education for its Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. It beat out more than 1,900 proposals.

The research project will blast off June 29 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with its sights set on the International Space Station. Astronauts aboard the station will simultaneously conduct the experiment with the students.

The experiment will remain in space for about a month, after which it will be shipped back to the University of Bridgeport for the team to study. The students say if they get significant results, they hope to publish their work.

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