NASA Scientist to Speak at Startsville for March Knowledge Café

March 2, 2017

Startsville: GSSM Foundation’s Innovation Center is pleased to announce that Merit Meyer, PhD, will present in the Knowledge Café Speaker Series on March 8, 6 p.m., at Startsville, 145 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC. 

Meyer works at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she splits her time between fire safety and indoor air quality in spacecraft. She recently completed an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS), sampling particles in astronauts’ living spaces.

The ISS has been the testbed for living and working in space, and is a proving ground for life support technology for long-term missions. In order to gather data on the indoor environment on ISS, Meyer’s Aerosol Sampling Experiment was recently performed. Particles were collected with two different samplers in multiple locations and during different crew activities. The samples are returning to Earth in a cargo vehicle this month and will be investigated with a variety of microscopic and analytical techniques. Results will be used to design and engineer air quality monitors for the spacecraft cabin environment, especially for future long-term missions.

Startsville’s Knowledge Café speaker series is a chance for the Hartsville community to meet and learn from experts from a variety of fields.

For more information about the Knowledge Café speaker series visit or contact Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Director of Startsville, at

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