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"Plant Growth in Space"
 

OQ Mission X, Plant Growth in Space is our newest research mission designed to help students understand how the plant species Brassica rapa responds to growing in microgravity. Participating students will analyze photos from an experiment onboard the International Space Station to gather and submit data to the Principle Investigator for the mission.

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"Spiders In Space"
 

OQ Mission IX, Spiders in Space is our newest research mission designed to give scientists information about the ability of the orb-weaving spider Nephila clavipes to construct webs in microgravity. Participating students will gather and submit data to the Principle Investigator for the mission.

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"Fruit Flies In Space"
 

OQ Mission VIII, "Fruit Flies in Space" is our newest research study. This Biology based research was launched to the International Space Station in May 2011. Students will participate in this study which supports the work of NASA scientists.

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Virtual Mission
"Butterflies In Space"
 

Launched to the International Space Station in November 2009, this study is designed to increase knowledge of the role gravity plays in life processes of the Painted Lady butterfly through long duration exposure to microgravity.

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"Worms In Space" Study Series
 

This biology based mission, focuses on the nematode C. elegans and uses actual photos and data collected during their 6 month stay on the International Space Station. This virtual mission is available to teachers enrolled in the program and data gathered by participating students will be sent to NASA scientists at Ames Research Center in California.

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"Silicate Gardens" Study Series
 

This chemistry-based research mission uses actual photographs and data downlinked from the International Space Station. It is designed to have students support the work of scientists studying the effects of microgravity on the formation and growth of hollow tubes in spheres which are the basic structures of chemical gardens. Data gathered by participating students will be sent to scientists at the Laboratory for the Study of Crystallography in Granada, Spain.

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To challenge America’s students to excel in math and science through their active participation in space–based research. 

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What's Happening In Space
Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in NASA's Hubble Archive
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes database. These disks are telltale evidence for newly formed planets.
NASA Astronauts to Call Colorado Students from Space
Cadets and students from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Magnet School in Colorado will gather at 11:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 24, to speak live with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.
NASA Satellites Show Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest
Cadets and students from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Magnet School in Colorado will gather at 11:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 24, to speak live with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.