RESOURCES: Shot Into Space

Science  11 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5711, pp. 823
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5711.823c

From Japanese red-bellied newts to pepper plants to jellyfish, a bevy of organisms has undergone scientific scrutiny while flying on board NASA spacecraft. The agency's Life Sciences Data Archive stows descriptions of more than 900 of these studies. For example, the newts rode the space shuttle in the summer of 1994 to help researchers determine how weightlessness affects the development of a gravity-sensing structure in the inner ear. To delve deeper, you can download raw data or peruse charts, tables, and other summaries. Included is a photo of the astrochimp Ham getting a warm reception after returning from a 16-minute suborbital trip in 1961.

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