WHITING, Ind. (AP) — A group of northwest Indiana students are preparing an experiment that could yield new findings about Alzheimer's disease when it is launched into space next year.
The (Munster) Times reports professors Sandra Chimon-Rogers and Ahmed Lakhani are leading the Calumet College of St. Joseph students preparing the experiment.
The professors want to see what effect weightlessness will have on the development of the beta amyloid peptide that is believed to play a role in the disease's progression.
The experiment is expected to be loaded aboard a SpaceX rocket that will blast off early next year. The automated experiment will then spend four weeks aboard the International Space Station.
The project was chosen a year ago to be part of a Center for the Advancement of Science in Space program.