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Spinning Through Space
1/25/2018 by Carina Helle Berg

At the Centre of Interdiciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS) the N-USOC team has planned and prepared the operations of yet another experiment for the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) in the Columbus laboratory on-board the International Space Station (ISS). The preparations are thoroughly coordinated between CIRiS, industry partners, NASA, ESA and the Principle Investigator Dr Scot Chris Wolverton. The EMCS provides the facilities needed to perform fractional gravity research.


For 17 days the N-USOC team at (CIRiS) will man the EMCS console 24/7. Via computer scripts as well as ground commanding and astronaut assistance, small seedlings will be grown for 5 days each, before being frozen for return to Earth. For the experiment “Plant Gravity Perception”, different genotypes of Arabidopsis thaliana (cress thale), different light settings and different gravity levels will provide the science team with the environmental factors they need to investigate one of the riddles of gravity-sensing systems in plants.