Experiments in Space
JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukasa sets up the second Plants in Space experiment.
Photo courtesy of NASA.
When was the last time your students got to participate in experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS)? How about today?
Baylor College of Medicine, in partnership with NASA, BioServe Space Technologies, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, invites you and your students to join in real space research conducted on the ISS.
We offer several investigations that enable students to compare organisms in their classrooms to similar plants or animals grown on the ISS. Free teacher guides, video and photo libraries from the actual ISS experiments, and all other curricular resources you need to get started are available here.
Ants in SpaceMission Page
Ants are able to coordinate their activities, even though no single ant (not even the queen) directs their behavior. How do they do it? Build your own ant habitat and compare the search behaviors of ants on Earth to those living on the ISS.
Butterflies in SpaceMission Page
Follow life cycle of painted lady butterflies on the ISS. Grow your own butterflies in class, and compare them to the space butterflies.
Plants in SpaceMission Page
Use Wisconsin FastPlants® to investigate plant-root growth and compare seedlings in class to ones grown in space.
Spiders in SpaceMission Page
Do spiders weave webs in space? Discover the answer and conduct your own spider investigations here on Earth.