Education Payload Operations-Tomatosphere II (EPO-Tomatosphere II) - 05.13.15

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Education Payload Operations-Tomatosphere II (EPO-Tomatosphere II) includes curriculum-based educational activities that demonstrate basic principles of science, space, and agriculture. These activities are videotaped and then used in classroom lectures. EPO-Tomatosphere II is designed to support the NASA mission to inspire the next generation of explorers.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Jonathan Neubauer, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
Matthew Keil, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States

Developer(s)
Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Heinz Canada, North York, Ontario, Canada
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States
Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, OH, United States
St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO, United States
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD, United States
Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI, United States
Association of Science and Technology, Washington, DC, United States
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
April 2004 - October 2005

Expeditions Assigned
9,10,11

Previous ISS Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The objective of Education Payload Operations-Tomatosphere II (EPO-Tomatosphere II) investigation is to expose a group of tomato seeds to the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS) in order to to create educational video and multimedia products that inspire the next generation of mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and other scientists.

  • The products are used for demonstrations and to support curriculum materials that are distributed across the United States and internationally to educators.

  • Students experiment with seeds exposed to 18 months on ISS and control seeds that remained on Earth.

Description
Education Payload Operations-Tomatosphere II (EPO-Tomatosphere II) uses the excitement of space exploration as a medium for teaching students about science, space, and agriculture. EPO-Tomatosphere II allows students to experiment with 1.5 million tomato seeds exposed to 18 months on the International Space Station (ISS) and control seeds that remained on Earth. The seeds are distributed to classrooms throughout Canada, the United States, and several other countries. Students measure the germination rates, growth patterns, and vigor of growth of the seeds.

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Applications

Space Applications
EPO-Tomatosphere II introduces the next generation of explorers to the environment of space.

Earth Applications
EPO-Tomatosphere II is part of NASA's continuing effort to use space as a unique educational tool for K-12 students. 

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Operations

Operational Requirements
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Operational Protocols
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Results/More Information

The 1.5 million Tomatosphere-II seeds from Expedition 9 were divided and distributed to 160,000 students in 6,000 classrooms across Canada. (Evans et al. 2009) 

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Related Websites
NASA eClips
NASA Fact Sheet
Johnson Space Center Education and Student Programs
Central Operations of Resources for Educators (CORE)
Tomatosphere

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Imagery

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NASA Image: ISS009E15359 - Astronaut Mike Fincke holds a bag of tomato seeds for the EPO Tomatosphere II project in the SM during Expedition 9. 


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