Target: Grades 5-8
Length: 15 minutes
This video describes the life sciences experiment conducted on the first Spacelab Life Sciences Mission flown on the Space Shuttle. More than 2,000 jellyfish were sent in space for a study of how living things adapt to the microgravity environment of Earth orbit. Scientists examined how microgravity affects the development of young jellyfish, especially their gravity receptors. The gravity receptors of jellyfish serve a purpose similar to the inner ear of human beings for balance and orientation.