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Friday, April 24, 2009

Heinlein Prize: Science Fiction to Science Fact

SF Scope has a story about the Heinlein Prize Trust's award in its microgravity research competition to the University of Texas Health Science Center's Division of Nanomedicine. They will be granted a slot for their experimentation on co-sponsor SpaceX's Dragon low-earth orbiting spacecraft in its micro-gravity environment. The research time will also receive a $25000 prize and a trip to NASA for the launch.

The winning project is focused on the development of the science and technology for controlled, long-term drug release. This research, conducted in space, could yield important cancer treatments here on Earth.

For more information about the SpaceX Dragon, go here. SpaceX has some nice renderings of the craft in its proposed mission.

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