FRUIT FLIES IN SPACE: RELEVANCE TO ASTRONAUT’S HEALTH | Public lecture


‘FRUIT FLIES IN SPACE: RELEVANCE TO ASTRONAUT’S HEALTH’                                     

Dr. Ravikumar Hosamani, 
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
(formerly with NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
         
September 12, 2018
5:30 PM
Priyadarshini Planetarium, PMG Junction, Thiruvananthapuram

Abstract:
Fundamentally, all living organisms are evolutionarily adapted to Earth’s gravity. Reduced gravity or microgravity has an adverse impact on organism/s at various levels such as molecules, cells, tissues and organs. NASA’s historic Curiosity landing on Martian surface and subsequent discoveries elevated the hope of humanity to become multi-planetary species in near future. However, to realize this dream, we need to extensively understand the ill effects of microgravity and outer space environment on human health. We know from the fact that living in confined microgravity environment of International Space Station (ISS) for few weeks will have significant impact on the astronaut’s health. Some of the pressing issues are loss of bone structure, reduced muscle mass, compromised immune response, altered cardiovascular function, and behaviour. In this talk, some of the research carried out on the International Space Station employing fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) as a model organism to better understand the astronaut’s health in space will be highlighted.

Registration link: https://goo.gl/bTSMTP

Organised  by
KERALA STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA
AASTRO KERALA
BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE SOCIETY



Pale Blue Dot: a cosmic perspective | Monthly Lecture

AASTRO MONTHLY LECTURE

*"… It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience." - Carl Sagan*

We belong to the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ called earth. Against the vastness of space, our blue home is just a tiny dot. With millions of suns, icy planets, mammoth moons, and the unknown co-existing, every effort to understand the universe is a humbling experience. To this end, our astronomical explorations have made great strides in ‘unearthing’ the dark secrets that bind the universe together.

This month, let’s discuss our gigantic universe from this vantage point and understand how such discussions help us evolve as human beings—the tiny species from a blue little planet.

Pale Blue Dot: a cosmic perspective

by Sarath prabhav
08-September-2018 at 5.30pm
In kerala science and technology museum, pmg