WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Purdue students had the chance to meet members of NASA Wednesday to learn more about the International Space Station.
NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile unit stopped by Purdue’s campus for a variety of activities, one of which included a talk about the importance of growing plants for food in microgravity and space environments.
Marshall Porterfield the director of Space Life and Physical Sciences at NASA headquarters said they’re working to inspire the next generation of researchers, scientists and engineers.
“It’s really important in terms of creating the next generation of researchers and scientists and engineers that are not only for space exploration, but for our society, our economy,” said Porterfield.
In addition to working with NASA, Porterfield is also a professor within Purdue’s College of Engineering.