UCF’s Dirt Experiment in High Demand as NASA, Others Prep for Deep Space Missions

UCF’s Dirt Experiment in High Demand as NASA, Others Prep for Deep Space Missions

UCF’s Dirt Experiment in High Demand as NASA, Others Prep for Deep Space Missions

As NASA and private space companies look to explore other planets, they are turning to one of the world’s best dirt experts – UCF’s Phil Metzger.

Metzger, who works at UCF’s Florida Space Institute, knows his dirt. He has wall to ceiling spice rack shelves in his office that contain hundreds of samples of dirt from around the globe. His latest sample comes from the beaches of Iceland. It’s his fondness for soil that has led to a career doing some pretty amazing things for NASA and now for UCF.

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