The Transit of Venus event at the Museum of Natural History - Roger Willaims Park in Providence, was a huge success. Over 200 families, patrons and invited guests pariticpated in the historic event. The Museum had the transit streaming live from Hawaii along with plenty of family fun activities. Although a cloudy evening, the Sun made a brief appearance and patrons and staff alike were able to see the transit using solar filter eclipse glasses and binoculars.
Astrobiology revolves around three central questions: “Where do we come from?”, “Where are we going?”, and “Are we alone?” The Stanford-Brown iGEM team explored synthetic biology’s untapped potential to address these questions. To approach the second question, the Hell Cell subgroup developed BioBricks that allow a cell to survive harsh extraterrestrial conditions. Such a toolset could create a space-ready synthetic organism to perform useful functions off-world. For example,