VP Harris speaks with Jessica Watkins, first Black woman on the ISS, about how research in space can help us on Earth.
VP HARRIS: “Tell us what you are learning on the space station that is helping us be smarter around how we take care of Earth.”
WATKINS: “Yeah, absolutely, you know, first of all it is an honor and privilege to be speaking with you today. But yes, we are honored and privileged to be able to use the International Space Station as a test bed, and as a laboratory to be able to learn lessons that we can apply to Earth. So things like learning how to grow plants without soil, and being able to use that back on Earth to help with food security. Learning about how cells age, immune cells age, while we're up here and think about how we can help with immune cell aging back on Earth. There's so many different aspects of what we do up here that can be applied to making Earth a better place.
VP HARRIS: “And everything you spoke of is about life, isn't it? And what we can do through food, through the growth of agriculture that feeds the species and the population. But also what we can do to improve the condition of of human life in terms of sickness and what we can do and discover in terms of treatment. That really is so exciting.”