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Motions in nearby galaxy cluster reveal presence of hidden superstructure
Gravity Probe B mission begins collecting science to test Einstein's theory
For release: 12/13/02
Satellite release #: 02-314
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First ever ‘space beans’ could improve crops on Earth and support long-term space residents; soybean crop grown on Space Station
- Soybean seeds germinated and grew into plants for 97 days on the International Space Station.
- The crop returned to Earth in October, and 83 seeds were harvested from 42 seed pods.
- Scientists from Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., of Des Moines, Iowa, the company that paid for this commercial experiment, are studying and testing these “space beans” to answer such questions as:
- Can new varieties of crops come from seeds produced by space-grown plants?
- Can development of naturally bred crop seeds be accelerated in space and save industry millions of dollars?
- Could “elite” seeds be produced to improve farmer’s crop yields and plant quality?
- Could plants from these seeds help sustain life during long-duration space missions?
- Would seeds from space beans have higher oil content or improved nutritional value?
- Soybeans are used in products worldwide and are a multi-billion-dollar agricultural business.
- Talk to an expert about the experiment and how it may improve life in space and on Earth.
||Dr. Weijia Zhou, Director
Wisconsin Space Center for Automation and Robotics,
a NASA Commercial Space Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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