Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine



Three of Jefferson’s collaborative research projects will become part of the upcoming Rakia space mission, the first-ever private mission to the International Space Station. Scheduled for early 2022, Rakia will include 44 research projects to help scientists explore topics including the effects of low-gravity and space travel on the human body.

“The Rakia mission selected all three of the projects submitted by Jefferson and its institutional collaborators—Sheba Medical Center, the Ramon Foundation and the Israeli Space Agency at the Ministry of Science and Technology,” explains Zvi Grunwald, MD, James D. Wentzler Professor of Anesthesiology and executive director of the Jefferson Israel Center, who helped foster the projects.