new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Ants in Space! | by jurvetson
Back to photostream

Ants in Space!

This gel farm was developed by NASA to survive Space Shuttle launches (sand would shift and crush the ants under many G’s). They wanted to study tunnel formation in microgravity. The gel does not collapse during launch, and it contains all the food and water the ants need. It also has some antibiotics and anti-fungal agents.

 

6,953 views
1 fave
5 comments
Taken on May 26, 2008