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Seeds in Space II: In Space, On Earth, and Under Water
Park Seed’s third joint venture with NASA was not as large in scope as the LDEF mission; however, it did add a new twist to the basic model. In addition to sending seeds into space and keeping a control batch on Earth at Park Seed’s national headquarters in Greenwood, SC, this mission also housed seeds below sea level.
This underwater aspect of the experimental design used the world’s only fixed seafloor laboratory at Key Largo, Florida. The laboratory, called MarineLab, is an example of a Closed Ecological Life Support System or CELSS. The point of a CELSS is to create a totally self-contained, life-support environment—much as you’d need if you were going to survive in outer space for long periods. MarineLab is part of NASA’s OCEAN project (Ocean CELSS Experimental Analog NASA), and it is operated out of the facilities of the Marine Resources Development Foundation in a lagoon of some 10 meters depth. Dennis Chamberlain was the OCEAN project commander.
The space-exposed seed for Seeds in Space II flew on Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-86), which launched on September 25, 1997. Making up the flight crew were Commander James D. Wetherbee, Pilot Michael J. Bloomfield, Mission Specialists Vladimar G. Titov, Scott E. Parazynski, Jean-Loup J. M. Cretien, Wendy B. Lawrence and David A. Wolf.
At the conclusion of the exposure period, the space, control, and underwater seeds were packaged along with educational materials and distributed to educators around the USA for classroom use.
NASA Seeds in Space
ON A SEED
This was the goal of the leaf and the root.
For this is the source of the root and the bud...