Ants in Space: Success!
The Ants in Space investigations were successfully conducted on Monday, January 13, 2014. Ants in six habitats survived the trip into space on the Cygnus spacecraft, making is possible to complete the Ants in Space experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
HD video of the experiments is being downlinked from the ISS, and is scheduled to be available on BioEd Online within two weeks. The videos can be used to compare the search behavior of ants on Earth with those in microgravity. The accompanying Ants in Space Teacher’s Guide—soon to be available for free download on BioEd Online—provides important information for setting up and conducting the comparative investigation with your class.
Follow @BioEdOnline on Twitter for updates on the investigation, materials availability, and sharing of ideas, pictures, and questions with #AntsInSpace.
NASA astronaut, Michael Hopkins, monitors the Ants in Space investigation on ISS.
NASA Astronaut, Richard Mastracchio, observes Ants in Space.
NASA Astronaut, Michael Hopkins, with the Ants in Space investigation.
Ant-stronauts aboard the ISS, exploring their habitat in microgravity.