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Astronauts’ Hearts Become More Spherical in Space
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: New findings show the heart becomes more spherical when exposed to long periods of microgravity in space, with implications for an eventual manned mission to Mars.

A Wet Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study shows that basalts from the Moon's mantle contain hydrogen from water indigenous to Earth.

Nutritious Space Veggies
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study shows that the nutritious value of leafy vegetables grown in space could be increased with bright pulses of light.

Tackling Tumors With Space Station Research
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Researchers have found that some tumors seem to be much less aggressive in the microgravity environment of space compared to their behavior on Earth. This work is the latest in a large body of evidence on how space exploration benefits those of us on Earth.

The Space Double-Whammy: Less Gravity, More Radiation
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study will examine the effect of gravity and radiation on DNA damage and repair. This kind of research not only aims to make space safer for astronauts, but to improve health care for the Earth-bound as well.

Calculated Risks: How Radiation Rules Mars Exploration
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Scientists have calculated the radiation risk of a trip to Mars. The finding use data provided by NASA's Curiosity rover, and highlight the risks that future human explorers might face.

Hangout with Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: At 7pm EST today, gURLs in Space is hosting a Google+ Hangout with HI-SEAS Researcher, Dr. Yajaira Sierra-Sastre.

Moon Mission to Continue
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: NASA has extended the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission for an additional 28 days. LADEE will now make the closest orbit of the lunar surface yet, gathering valuable data from low altitudes in the Moon's thin atmosphere.

Weakened Immunity in Space-Raised Flies
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study shows that growing up in space can weaken a key part of the immune system in fruit flies.

Pathogens in Space
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new study reports how spaceflight alters the activity of a fungal pathogen.

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