Wednesday, 02 Dec, 2009 Science

First Space Butterflies Developed in Microgravity


Scientists from the BioServe Space Technologies and the University of Colorado managed to carry out a successful experiment - they grew butterflies in microgravity.

This is for the first time that two butterflies were able to survive the chrysalis stage of development in space and transform into mature Painted Lady butterflies.

It is worth mentioning that the experiment was made to allow students to observe the development of creatures in space, reports Discovery News.

School children can later compare the growth of butterflies in space and on Earth in their classroom.

Researchers launched their experiment on board space shuttle Atlantis. The reaction of butterflies to microgravity, their attempt to fly and their growth in space could be an interesting thing to observe.

You can follow the progress of the buterflies here.

Posted by mrexcellent

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