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AU creates rechargeable microscope system for NASA’s Antarctic expeditions

Auburn University Professor Vitaly Vodyanoy (left) and research assistant Oleg Pustovyy prepare to attach the Ilumna 120 to a microscope in their research laboratory.
AUBURN – Auburn University researchers have built a rechargeable microscope illumination system for NASA scientists who are using it during Antarctic expeditions.

Professor Vitaly Vodyanoy and research assistant Oleg Pustovyy of the AU Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology built the patent-pending Ilumna 120 to help NASA scientists observe microscopic life in areas where there is no electricity. NASA used it on a preliminary, 11-day trip in February and will take it in November for three months during the Tawani Foundation International 2008 Schirmacher Oasis Antarctica Expedition.

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