Luis Zea and the 16 Psyche asteroid

CU Boulder explores mining in space with bacteria

Aug. 1, 2019

Luis Zea is investigating the possibility of mining metals from asteroids in space using an unlikely agent: bacteria. It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Zea, and his co-investigator Jesse Colangelo in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences...

Orion EM-1

CU Boulder lands a slot on first Orion flight around the moon

March 4, 2019

A little piece of Colorado is going to the moon. When NASA launches Orion EM-1 in 2020, its first mission to orbit the moon since 1972, experiments from the University of Colorado Boulder will be aboard. The space agency has announced a CU Boulder BioServe Space Technologies project led by...

Luis Zea

Bioserve research associate earns NASA Space Biology Program grant

July 5, 2018

NASA's Space Biology Program has selected 15 grant proposals to award across three appendices released under the Research Opportunities and Space Biology (ROSBio) Omnibus. Thirteen of the awards will simulate microgravity on the ground to characterize how biological systems respond to changes in gravity. One of the remaining two awards...

Members of the science and implementation team at Kennedy Space Center with a space-proven Falcon 9 rocket on the background. From left to right: Eric Yarns (KU), Kevin Ngo (KU), Luis Zea (CU Boulder), Dr. Joe Tash (KU), and Sam Piper (CU Boulder)

Blog: CU Boulder experiments arrive at International Space Station

April 4, 2018

NASA and SpaceX’s CRS-14 mission with the Dragon spacecraft carrying experiments developed by the University of Colorado Boulder's Bioserve Space Technologies and researchers at the University of Kansas has successfully arrived at the International Space Station. The experiments center on reproductive biology and will study the effects of microgravity on...

The ISS.

Microbes in Microgravity - BioServe In ISS Magazine

March 9, 2017

CU Boulder research associate Luis Zea working at BioServe Space Technologies. By observing the health of astronauts that travel into space, scientists have learned that microgravity has important effects on the human body, causing substantial changes to our bones and muscles. However, scientists have also found that microgravity has dramatic...

Biomolecular model based on the gene expression data analyses support the reduction of glucose molecules (blue gradient) and acid buildup (gold gradient) proposed to occur in the boundary layer around the cell.

Bioserve Partnership Investigates Why Bacteria Behave Differently in Space

Nov. 28, 2016