Nov 11, 2009 9:17 AM by Associated Press

Butterfly development to be observed in space

Students nationwide are getting a chance to see how butterflies develop in space as opposed to the earth's environment.

The University of Colorado's BioServe Space Technologies designed the experiment which will feature monarch and painted lady butterfly larvae aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. It's set to launch Monday for the International Space Station.

About 100 elementary and middle schools nationwide will receive kits with butterfly habitats so they can compare them to those in the space station's weightless environment. Photos of the butterflies in space will be taken every 15 minutes and be sent to Earth to be uploaded to a Web site.

The site will allow schools that don't receive kits to also participate in the experiment.


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