It's been almost 33 years, but we still remember those dramatic pictures of Neil Armstrong's footprint on the moon. These days, NASA is leaving another kind of footprint, in Louisiana farm fields.
Agriculture students from LSU comb a cotton field in East Central Louisiana, looking for bugs. It's the first step toward helping farmers cope with rising costs, falling income and global competition, help from an unexpected source. At NASA's Stennis Space Center they have just the thing for the troubled Louisiana farmer. NASA researcher Rodney McKellip explains, "the group that I work at NASA is charged with taking these technologies that have traditionally been used in science and finding what practical benefits they may have for the taxpayer." In this case, helping a Louisiana farmer track profit-eating bugs.