Education and Outreach

The NAI Selects Fellows for the Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program

By Keith Cowing
June 21, 2012

2012 MIRS Fellows are:

1. Dr. Prabhakar Misra, from Howard University, will conduct fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy of organic molecules of relevance to the spectral library of potential contaminants for the Mars Science Laboratory mission, in the laboratory of Paul Mahaffy at NASA Goddard.

2. Dr. Hany Sobhi, from Coppin State University will work with Natasha Johnson, at NASA Goddard, to investigate the Fischer -Tropsch-Type (FTT) Catalysis reaction mechanism for the production of insoluble and volatile organic molecules in the protostellar nebula.

Please join us in welcoming Prabhakar and Hany to the NAI.

More information about the MIRS program can be found at

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