Arizona/NASA Space Grant Success Stories

Intern Heads to the Bottom of the World!

Intern Heads to the Bottom of the World!
Monday, April 15, 2013

Lane Patterson, UA/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Intern from 2003 to 2004 for Gene Giacomelli and recent Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering graduate, is moving south. Way south! His Space Grant internship enabled him to work with the South Pole Food Growth Chamber. Due to the hazardous conditions of the South Pole, including below zero temperatures and absence of soil, researchers at the South Pole rely on frozen food stores for the 8 month periods that they live in isolation. A recent initiative by the National Science Foundation put it upon the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center to develop a state-of-the-art growth chamber. Lane’s involvement and contributions on this project (which is also intended to be used on Mars as the Mars Inflatable Greenhouse) has allowed him the chance to head to the South Pole in order to continue working with the South Pole Food Growth Chamber. Congratulations Lane! Lane is currently working towards a Master's degree in ABE.

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South Pole Greenhouse proves bountiful
View the latest Winter 2013 update from Lane Patterson
View Lane's 2003 UA/NASA Undergraduate Research Internship Program Symposium presentation
View Lane's first trip to the South Pole to work on the "Greenhouse"
View Lane's second trip to the South Pole to work on the "Greenhouse"