What Do Students Send In Space?

 

Student Dreams

We have found that students choose a variety of unusual subjects for these passive experiments. NASA has simple guidelines for us to follow. We cannot send living animals, however the state of suspended animation of dehydrated water bears make them acceptable subjects. Brine shrimp eggs (Sea Monkeys) are also allowed and are popular. Seeds of all types have been flown. Most schools involved in the project have Space Trees which were grown from seeds sent in passive experiments. Otherwise, we have to make sure that NASA has the exact ingredients of each vial. Nothing that is toxic, or combustible can be flown. We are very cautious to inspect each vial so that the safety requirement will not cause our payload to be rejected. The makers of GAK and SMUD did not understand why they had to talk to NASA about their "secret ingredients."

 

EXAMPLES OF EXPERIMENT MATERIALS

Acrylic Paint

Lichens

SEEDS (cont.)

Alka Seltzer

Litmus Paper

Okra

Batteries

M & M's

Palmetto

Beans, Navy

Magnets

Pea

Beans, Lima

Magnets in Salt Water

Pine

Biodegradable Bags

Metal Strip, Copper

Popcorn Tree

Black Bread Mold

MINERALS

Pumpkin

Bread Mold

Magnetite

Radish

Brine Shrimp

Feldspar Crystals

Red Pepper

Bubble Fluid

Quartz

Strawberry

Bubble Mixture

Quartz, Cubic Zirconia

Sunflower

Bubbles

Sphalerite

Sweet Potato

CHEMICALS

Mosses

Sycamore

Alum

Paint, Poster

Tomato

Baking Soda

Paper Clips

Turnip

Copper Sulfate Pentahydrate

Pluff Mud

Virginia Pine

Cornstarch and Water

Popcorn

Wild Flower

Cornstarch and Coloring

Rubber Bands

Semi-permeable Membrane

Fluorite

Sand Designs

Silly Putty

Hexamethylenediamine

SEEDS

Slime

Oil and Water

Acorn

Soil Samples

Salt

Bermuda Grass

Spanish Moss

Vinegar

Bird

Spices, Cinnamon

Water, natural

Brassica Rapa

Spices, Old Bay

Clinitest Tablets

Camphor Weed

Spores, Dry Penicillin

Clinitest Tape

Centipede Grass

Steeped Coffee

COLLOIDAL MATERIALS

Chinese Tallow

Super Conductors

Mayonnaise

Cleome

Tea Leaves

Jell-O

Collard Green

Teeth

Gelatin

Corn

Toothpaste

Crystals, Cobalt Chloride

Cosmos

Trash Bags

Crystals, Copper Sulfate

Cotton

V-8 Juice

Detergents

Coxcomb

Water Bears

Dosimeters

Dandelion

Water, Ocean

Enzyme, Thymosin Fraction 5

Dogwood

Water, Pond

Etafilicon-A

Dried Beans

Water, Rain

Fertilizer

Four O'clock

Wheat

Fertilizer 10-10-10

Georgia Collard

Yeast

Film, Exposed

Golden Rod

YTLA Ceramics

Film , Negative

Grass

Food Cling Wrap

Indian Popcorn

Glue

Lemon

Hair, Human

Lettuce

Hot Dog Buns

Lima Bean

Ink Cartridges

Loblolly Pine

Insect Eggs,. Spider

Longleaf Pine

Iron Fillings

Magnolia

Killifish Eggs

Marigold

Latex Paint

Mimosa

Lemon Juice

Mimosa & Brassica Rapa

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