OCU Professor Awaits Space Shuttle Experiment

Tuesday, August 29th 2006, 1:14 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Among those anxiously waiting for the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis is Oklahoma City University assistant biology professor Kent Buchanan.

Buchanan and three colleagues will have an experiment on board the shuttle as part of their effort to determine the effects of weightlessness on common disease-causing organisms.

The researchers hope to find out if diseases from Earth become more virulent in conditions aboard a space ship in orbit.

The Atlantis was scheduled to launch from Florida on Sunday but is being delayed because of the weather.