Seeds in Space (Seeds) - 01.09.14

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Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

  • Jack J.W.A van Loon, Euopean Space Research & Technology Center - European Space Agency (ESTEC-ESA), Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)

  • Koen Weterings, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Developer(s)

    ACTA University, Amsterdam, , Netherlands

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    European Space Agency (ESA)

    Sponsoring Organization
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    Research Benefits
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    ISS Expedition Duration:
    October 2003 - October 2004

    Expeditions Assigned

    Previous ISS Missions
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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview
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    The main goal of this student experiment is to involve as many students as possible in and effort to show that science is fun through a plant growth experiment called Seeds in Space. The educational / scientific objectives of the experiment are: To demonstrate the influence of gravity on the germination and growth of plants to young people (10 to 15 year olds) and others. By engaging in the comparable on-ground experiment, students will experience that science is fun and that the weightless environment of space opens new possibilities. The experiment kit will be distributed one month before launch to schools or other distribution channels.

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    Space Applications
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    Operational Requirements
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    Operational Protocols
    The main purpose of this education/ demonstration experiment is to clearly show that plants respond to gravity by a directed growth (experiments on ground) and that they will show a non-preferential or disoriented growth direction when grown in the dark in weightlessness. The in-flight part of the experiment will consist of folding rockets with simple plant growth chambers in which Rucola seeds germinate either with or without light. Crew will setup the growth chamber, initiating seed germination by watering the seeds on the supporting filter paper using a standard 30-ml needleless syringe with luer lock stopcock. Crew will monitor the growth once a day. Since there is no in-flight experience with the proposed plants (species Rucola, rocket lettuce), we require three sets of cultures to be initiated on three consecutive days in flight. The duration for one plant culture is expected to be 3-4 days. Depending on the date and time for the live in flight call we need to initiate the seed germination 3, 4 and 5 days before. The best of the 3 sets will be used for the live video-audio connection.

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    Results/More Information

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    Results Publications

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