Moscow, Mushrooms, & Mars: The research of one #ExchangeAlumni could change the future of space travel

Graham Shunk, a high school senior from North Carolina and exchange alumnus of the National Security Languages Initiative for Youth (NLSI-Y) program, is currently a finalist for NASA’s Grow Beyond Earth competition and has designed one of 5 winning prototypes of dense-agriculture systems for sustainably growing food in microgravity.

Graham has spent the past few years researching one of the most pressing questions in developing space travel to Mars: how do you protect astronauts from exposure to the Van Allen belts? These two swaths of intense radiation held around Earth by its magnetic field pose a life-threatening problem for astronauts engaging in extended space exploration.

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