Jul
07
2011

Seeds In Space!

Seeds from our Three Sisters Ethnobotany garden (10 kernels of Dakota Corn, 10 Magpie Beans, 10 Lakota Squash, and Tobacco) permanent collections will accompany NASA's last space shuttle flight STS-135 on Friday, July 8. These seeds were deaccessioned to take part in an experiment to test the extent of their germination in a microgravity and soilless environment. Our ethnobotany interns will conduct ground control experiments at the Science Museum. Sifting the Seed Crew Members: Jim Rock, Scott Shoemaker, and Roxanne Gould choosing seeds that fit within the strict size parameters for the project.
Sifting the Seed Crew Members: Jim Rock, Scott Shoemaker, and Roxanne Gould choosing seeds that fit within the strict size parameters for the project.Courtesy Science Museum
Museum staff are working with John M. Cassanto, President Instrumentation Technology Associates Inc., who designed the cell chambers that will germinate our seeds on NanoRacks carriers aboard the space shuttle. Jim Rock(Dakota astronomer, educator and longtime collaborator at SMM), Scott Shoemaker and Tilly Laskey carefully chose seeds meeting NASA's strict space requirements.

In a note to NASA, Jim Rock said,"these are very old heirloom seed ancestor-relatives, like our dearest mothers and grandmothers who will be flying in your care and company as fellow crew members and specialists."

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Amazing!

posted on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 4:10pm
Shana's picture
Shana says:

This is awesome! What do they hope to find?

posted on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 11:04am
Laurie's picture
Laurie says:

I heard that the new seedlings have come back to the museum. They will be planted in the Big Back Yard!

posted on Thu, 07/28/2011 - 3:41pm

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