Butterflies in Space
The space shuttle Atlantis delivered Monarch and Painted Lady larvae to the space station in November. The first butterflies to complete their entire life cycle in space, they're part of an educational experiment being followed by 170,000 school kids and 2,800 teachers back on Earth.
Space station commander Jeff Williams beamed back video of the first butterfly to emerge, fluttering weightlessly. 'It's always beautiful to see a little bit of Earth up here,' he told Mission Control.
Unfortunately, due to the cramped accommodation on board, the butterflies were only expected to live four days, instead of the two weeks they'd normally live on Earth. I wonder if they have any idea where they are? RM
Images: NASA/BioServe, University of Colorado