Butterfliiiies... iiinnnn... SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEEE!

Butterfliiiies... iiinnnn... SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEEE!

Butterfliiiies... iiinnnn... SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEEE!

Bad Astronomy
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Nov. 5 2009 12:00 PM

Butterfliiiies... iiinnnn... SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEEE!

bug_girl_by_skepchickjillMy friend Bug Girl (an entomologist and Skepchick) sent me a note about a cool opportunity for U.S. east coast teachers: you can participate in a Shuttle experiment involving Monarch butterflies in space!

When Atlantis launches next week, it will be carrying some Monarch caterpillars to be taken aboard the Space Station, where they will hatch and be observed. Lots of questions will be investigated: What happens when pupae burst open in space? How will the butterflies cope? Will their migrating instinct be satisfied by moving 7 km/sec across the face of the Earth?

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OK, I made up that last one, but Monarch Watch is looking to get teachers and students involved in the real science of butterflies in microgravity. But HURRY! They need your email by tomorrow, Friday, November 6! So if you're an east coast teacher, go to Bug Girl's blog and see how you can join in on the insecty fun.