Space Seeds for Asian Future 2013 (SSAF2013) - 03.04.15
Students in Asia compare plant growth in space and those on the ground to learn the importance of space biology research. This is a simple plant culture experiment for education, training and basic science. Azuki seeds will be packed and launched. Seeds will be watered and incubated under dark condition with light-shield bag in the JEM. Seedlings are monitored their germination, growing direction with JEM internal camera. High quality image will be down linked and to be distributed to the participating Asian countries. Science Results for Everyone
Information Pending Experiment Details
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan
Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
ISS Expedition Duration
March 2013 - September 2013
Previous ISS Missions
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- It is a pressing need to demonstrate that the ISS is valuable not only for its partners but for all nations in the world, utilizing plain and simple examples.
- People in Asia-Pacific region will learn the value and merit of space biology research though their familiar plant materials.
- The purpose of this program is to help Asian nations to build up their overall capacity for space utilization activities, including scientific research planning, mission integration and outreach programs as well as education. High quality video/still image will be taken at critical stages of the plant growth. The images will be distributed participating Asian space agencies, where scientists engineers and students will be able to observe their growth in orbit and compare with those of ground control plants.
- The results greatly help deepening our understanding to cellular mechanosensing process.
- The biological sensing of mechanical signals, including gravity, is one of the key functions for life. The information about cellular mechanical sensors is essential for many fields of biomedical applications including tissue and organ regeneration technology.
- Showing the invaluable merit of the ISS to people in Asia-Pacific region to obtain their material and moral supports.
- Greatest educational benefit.
- Sponsoring space agencies in Asia-Pacific region will build their capability to coordinate space experiments and will become new users of space utilizations.
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Soga K, Kurita A, Yano S, Ichikawa T, Kamada M, Takaoki M. Growth and Morphogenesis of Azuki Bean Seedlings in Space during SSAF2013 Program. Biological Sciences in Space. 2014; 28: 6-11. DOI: 10.2187/bss.28.6.
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