Koichi Wakata Doing Botany in Space: Weekly YouTube Update - Vol. 16
Updates from Low Earth Orbit
JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata (Wiki here) is an excellent space resource. From 250 miles (400km) above the earth in his International Space Station residence, he broadcasts entertaining and informative Tweets and photos, and, in cooperation with other crew members and JAXA staff here on the ground, produces weekly, bi-lingual YouTube updates.
ISS YouTube Update Vol. 16:
Rather than weightlifting in space, this week Astronaut Wakata is all about doing science. From the Kibo Module, or its official name, the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), he sets up microscopic analysis of plants that have been grown in space. Sciencey guys on the ground will receive the results and then, you know, do more science on them.
This space science is actually being undertaken to learn about how growing things work down here in full gravity. Have a watch, and Astronaut Wakata will get you hip to yet another example of space-based Trickle-Down Technonomics!©®™
Enjoy the update, and we'll see you next week with more Koichi Wakata in Space.
Media: JAXA; NASA; Koichi Wakata
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