South MS students team up with NASA on unique Mars mission

Credit: WLOX

Credit: WLOX

By Trang Pham-Bui

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - It's a mystery that NASA scientists haven't figured out yet: Can organisms from Earth survive on Mars? The answer could come from some South Mississippi students.

This year, students from Mississippi and Alabama are working with NASA on a unique mission.   They'll conduct experiments to see if a certain type of algae could grow on Mars. On Monday, they gathered at the USM campus in Long Beach to begin their quest for answers.

NASA is turning to the young scientists for fresh, creative ideas on a new project. Eighty five science students from St. Stanislaus, Bay High, and two high schools in Mobile are participating in a first-of-its-kind study called "Pioneering Mars."

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