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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.
How do seeds grow in space?
How does gravity affect seeds grown on Earth?
Follow along as the astronauts tend to the seeds on the ISS - and spot the differences and similarities with your own seeds' growth.
Seeds available for ordering!
Seeds arrived safely at the ISS in ATV4 Launched: 4 Aug
The primary purpose of this project is to promote the understanding of space biology.
You will learn how the sprouts of Azuki bean, Vigna angularis, grow in microgravity environment.
Your mission is to nurture your own seedlings on the ground and observe their shape, then compare with the downlinked image of space grown bean sprout to find out how plants respond to gravity.
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 and be turned over to the HTV launch team after final inspection.