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NASA Picks Seven Teams for Atom Research Grants

International Space StationNASA has awarded $12.7 million in total grants to seven research teams to study atoms in space over the next four-to-five-years under the agency’s Physical Science Research Program.

The seven chosen proposals from its recent call for physics research will involve ground-based and flight experiments using the Cold Atom Laboratory, a facility built to contain microgravity environments, NASA said Thursday.

CAL is a joint project of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Space Station Program Office at Houston’s Johnson Space Center and the Space Life and Physical Sciences Branch at NASA’s Washington headquarters.

NASA expects CAL to launch to the International Space Station in 2016.

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