Scavenging spare parts and grabbing off-the-shelf hardware, University of California, Berkeley, space scientists are in a sprint to build scientific instruments that will land on the moon in a mere two years.
A Synthetic Biology Architecture to Detoxify and Enrich Mars Soil for Agriculture
Adam Arkin University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif.
Value: Approximately $125,000 Length of Study: 9 months
Although the theoretical case for space biological engineering is convincing, since recent studies on the use of biology in space showed substantial payload minimization over abiotic approaches even before any engineering, the functioning of these biological technologies has yet to be proven in a space-like environment.