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Join us in an out-of-this-world experiment as we explore the effect of microgravity on plants. This is your chance to grow seeds in concert with astronauts aboard the International Space Station!
Late Aug/Sep astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be undertaking a plant-growth experiment with Azuki Bean seeds. The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has sent us some seeds from the exact same batch as those being flown into space, to give you a chance to perform your own experiments here on Earth.
Grow your own 'space seeds' and compare the differences.
Follow along as the astronauts tend to the seeds on the ISS - and spot the differences and similarities with your own seeds' growth.
This program has been made possible thanks to JAXA and Kibo-ABC.
23 August: First experiments at the Ministry for Primary Industries by the Risk Analysis Team are successful! We have one seedling! Look towards the right hand side of the container!
12 August: The transfer vehicle was captured by the astronauts on the ISS
2 August: The transfer vehicle H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 with KOUNOTORI4 that will take the seed to ISS is scheduled to launch on 4 August at 4:48:46 a.m., 2013, Japan time. Click here for more details.
July 29: JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata talks about the upcoming Space Seed mission.
July 5: Students from the from Osaka City University pretreated and planted the seeds in rockwool blocks, at the Tsukuba Space Center in Japan. JAXA engineers then assembled the components into the final flight configuration. Click here for more details.
The kit will be transferred to Tanegashima Space Center on July 15th