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A small 10-pound satellite with yeast, bacteria and anti-fungal drugs will be launched to space.

NASA hopes to learn about how bacteria reacts in an orbit.

NASA is set to launch a tiny 10-pound satellite containing yeast and anti-fungal drugs into space in an effort to gain better understanding of how bacteria reacts in orbit.

The small satellite, called PharmaSat, will launch alongside a military reconnaissance satellite aboard an Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia on Thursday. Initial plans had the launch for Tuesday, but weather conditions forced project managers to reschedule.

PharmaSat will orbit the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the satellite will continuously track how the yeast responds to anti-fungal treatment in space.

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