Astronaut Jim Voss tends
the space crop of
In 2001, Arabidopsis Arabidopsis! He has taken
a sample from the growth
plants were grown chamber, and is injecting
the sample into a bag for
aboard the transport back to Earth.
in growth chambers
growth chambers were
designed at the
especially designed for UNIVERSITY OF
aboard the International WISCONSIN - MADISON!
WHY grow plants in Space?
To see how they would react
Arabidopsis seedlings to zero gravity!
growing within the
WHY use Arabidopsis?
growth chamber aboard the
International Space Station Because Arabidopsis is very
easily grown in the extremely
restrictive conditions aboard
the Space Station.
A syringe used during the Plus, lab research has
mission to inject
nutrients into the growth already told us a great deal
chamber, signed by about the biology of this weed.
Astronaut Jim Voss This means experimental
results are easily analyzed!