Arabidopsis (Space Tango Payload Card Arabidopsis) - 10.22.18

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Science Objectives for Everyone
Space Tango Payload Card Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis) studies how the life cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana is effected by the microgravity environment. The goals of this experiment include successfully growing Arabidopsis thaliana in order to evaluate the differences between microgravity and parallel terrestrial growth systems in classrooms, and to preserve the seeds for future multi-generational microgravity growth studies.
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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
Ted Tagami, Magnitude.io, Berkeley, CA, United States

Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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Developer(s)
Space Tango, Inc., Lexington, KY, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
National Laboratory Education (NLE)

Research Benefits
Scientific Discovery

ISS Expedition Duration
September 2016 - April 2017

Expeditions Assigned
49/50

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The goal of the Space Tango Payload Card Arabidopsis is to investigate the growth of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana plant in microgravity aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
  • This flight serves as a test for a scalable education product where thousands of students can conduct real time control of experiments taking place on the ISS. Classrooms around the country are synchronized, via common web based applications, so that schools have the capability to run real time control of the experiment aboard the ISS.

Description

The Arabidopsis thaliana flight experiment is an educational experiment. The purpose of this Space Tango Payload Card Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis) is to study how the growth of Arabidopsis thaliana is effected by a microgravity environment. Specifically, the educational goals of the this experiment include: 1) to successfully grow Arabidopsis thaliana in an agar gel medium with LED light activation; 2) to evaluate the differences between microgravity and parallel terrestrial growth systems in classrooms; and 3) to preserve the seeds for future multi-generational microgravity growth studies.

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Applications

Space Applications
The Space Application for this investigation has yet to be identified.

Earth Applications
This is the first test of a scalable education program, so that students have the capability to run real-time control of experiments on the ISS.

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Operations

Operational Requirements and Protocols
The science is contained in a 2U CubeLab attached to a Payload Card for soft-stow ascent, operates in the TangoLab-1, and is soft-stowed for return. The crew installs the Payload Card into the TangoLab-1, where autonomous operations occur, and then the crew removes and stows the hardware for return. The Payload Card is returned after the completion of the mission on the next available return vehicle (same vehicle as ascent is preferred) and turned over to the Space Tango/PI team at recovery.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites
Magnitude
Space Tango

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