The project is called Garatéa in the Tupi-Guarani (south american indian) language, meaning "search for lives", as the overall objective is to study the effects of space radiation on various colonies of living microorganisms, molecules and human cells.
The project is organized by a team of Brazilian researchers from the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), National Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), Aeronautical Technological Institute (ITA), Mauá Institute of Technology and the University of São Paulo (USP), under the coordination of Brazilian startup Airvantis, a company founded by Eng. Lucas Fonseca. This project forms part of an international collaboration including British company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, and the European Space Agency (ESA) and UK Space Agency.
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