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Several Student-Led Experiments To Fly On Endeavour 39

Posted by CmdrTaco
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Phoghat writes "STS-134, the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour – is set to carry several experiments of students from the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Two of these payloads are sponsored by the NASA Florida. The first experiment is one that could provide some guidance on future long-duration space flight missions, it deals with seed germination. As missions take astronauts further and further away from Earth, they will need to be able to produce their own food. Learning everything possible about the effects of micro-gravity on seeds therefore is viewed as relevant and important research. Another experiment, one comprised of squid embryos is being spearheaded by the University of Florida and will research the physiological impact of the micro-gravity environment on the animal's growth and development."
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Several Student-Led Experiments To Fly On Endeavour

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  • by somersault (912633) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @08:53AM (#35951730) Homepage Journal

    This space chicken tastes just like squid!

    • Speaking about food, hasn't the seed thing been done already [nasa.gov]?
      • Well for one thing that article mentions tree seeds rather than more immediate crop seeds.. for another, I'd imagine that it's quite a complex topic that is worth doing plenty of research on, and there will be better analysis equipment available now than there was in the 70s.

        • You're completely right, of course—but that doesn't stop plant biologists from being incredibly boring.

          The major issue in question here is really about the dosages of cosmic radiation that seeds can handle; fluctuations in magnetic field are unlikely to have any impact, and obviously, since seeds tumble all the time, simply exposing them to microgravity isn't going to affect their development (until they germinate and start needing to know which way is down.)

          Since grass and trees are about as fa
  • I find the combination of final flight of the space shuttle and as missions take astronauts further and further away from Earth in single paragraph a bit schizophrenic.
    • by Talderas (1212466)

      Because the only missions we've ever ran were Space Shuttle missions. No Apollo missions. No Mercury missions. No future missions on a yet to be designed space craft that are heading to Mars.

      • There's more to distance and height, of course, but as long as we're counting you'll note that the Apollo missions, specifically Apollo 13, took humans the furthest from Earth. We've spent the last 40 years not reaching higher and higher.

  • by amliebsch (724858) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @09:12AM (#35951828) Journal

    In *space!*

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I know it's the usual cut-and-paste FS taken from TFA, but would it kill someone to do a little tidying up of grammar and punctuation?

    Two of these payloads are sponsored by the NASA Florida.

    Who calls it "The NASA"? I'll let that one pass.

    The first experiment is one that could provide some guidance on future long-duration space flight missions, it deals with seed germination.

    That should be a semi-colon (if you're not going to rewrite the entire god-awful sentence anyway), not a comma.

    Learning everything possible about the effects of micro-gravity on seeds therefore is viewed as relevant and important research.

    "is therefore" not "therefore is".

    Another experiment, one comprised of

    That should be "composed of" or "comprises", not "comprised of".

    Another experiment, one comprised of squid embryos is being spearheaded by the University of Florida

    Pair your damn commas!

    and will research the physiological impact of the micro-gravity environment on the animal's growth and development."

    So is that one animal, or several animals?

    Here endeth the lesson.

    • I normally hate you guys but this time you're right. I hope the rest of the article isn't that bad...I'd never know since reading the TFA is for namby-pambies.
    • by _0xd0ad (1974778)

      Who calls it "The NASA"? I'll let that one pass.

      Copy-and-paste was broken. That should read:
      "Two of these payloads are sponsored by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium."

      The rest of your complaints were with TFA, not TFS. The summary was just a copy-and-paste job...

      That should be a semi-colon, not a comma.

      Error was from TFA, not TFS.

      "is therefore" not "therefore is".

      I'd use "comma therefore comma is". But again, error was in TFA.

      That should be "composed of" or "comprises", not "comprised of".

      "Comprised of" is perfectly acceptable.

      Pair your damn commas!

      TFA, not TFS.

      So is that one animal, or several animals?

      One animal: the squid.

  • but I read Endor.
    I've re-re-read, re-read it, and I still see - Experiments To Fly On Endor.
  • Really? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Yvan256 (722131) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @10:03AM (#35952304) Homepage Journal

    Is it only for the benefits of the students, or are you telling me that NASA waited until the very last shuttle launch to test something as important as seed germination in space?

    And now, for the Slashdot cliché: screw the damn squids, they'll come back as giant evil overlords because of the space radiation or something...

    • by DerekLyons (302214) <fairwater AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @01:12PM (#35954810) Homepage

      Is it only for the benefits of the students, or are you telling me that NASA waited until the very last shuttle launch to test something as important as seed germination in space?

      It's not NASA studying seed germination, it's the students performing a [largely meaningless] "experiment".
       
      NASA does love this kind of "experiment" though - because all they have to do is toss the packet of seeds in the back of a locker and ignore them. Teachers love this kind of "experiment" too because it gives the appearance of doing Serious Science without requiring too much work.

  • Apparently, they are planning a very long mission if they will have the time to grow apple trees on board.

  • by Quiet_Desperation (858215) on Wednesday April 27, 2011 @10:29AM (#35952592)

    As missions take astronauts further and further away from Earth,

    ORLY? When's that happening?

    they will need to be able to produce their own food.

    For a long mission, say Mars, is it more efficient to just pack some sort of dense food or grow your own? You need more than seeds- growing medium, fertilizer, etc. You need to devote space for growing. I suppose you also get oxygen production for your efforts.

    If you're taking a permanent presences, say something substantial at L4/L5, well, OK then.

  • A line like

    sponsored by the NASA

    Makes it sound as though purchasing NASA is part of the grand publicity tour of The Donald.

  • Why does NASA feel the need to waste my tax dollars to repeat this nonsense over and over?

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