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Last updated on 8 June 2008

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Have you ever wondered what would happen to Sea Monkeys in space? The seventh graders at Fort Couch Middle School in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA, did, and they set out to design an experiment to send Sea Monkeys into space. After designing and submitting an experiment to NASA, the American Space Agency, the Sea Monkeys went up in the Space Shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998, with U.S. Senator John Glenn!

What are Sea Monkeys doing in space? Many of the experiments were designed to see the effects of space travel on small creatures. One experiment studied the Sea Monkeys’ ability to live for long periods of time in a type of suspended animation. Another experiment studied the bacteria which lived in the tanks of Sea Monkeys. And yet another wanted to test the Sea Monkeys reactions to weightlessness, gravitational forces upon re-entry, and temperature fluctuations in the Space Shuttle.



What happens when a Sea Monkey goes into space? During the STS-95 Mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery in October, 1998, the Sea Monkeys travelled almost 7 million kilometres (or 3.8 million miles) miles, endured three Gs of gravitational force on re-entry, and spent almost nine days in space with the astronauts. They have travelled on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the USML-1 Columbia, and the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and spent time in the Mir Space Station.

What are Sea Monkeys doing in space? Many of the experiments were designed to see the effects of space travel on small creatures. One experiment studied the Sea Monkeys’ ability to live for long periods of time in a type of suspended animation. Another experiment studied the bacteria which lived in the tanks of Sea Monkeys. And yet another wanted to test the Sea Monkeys reactions to weightlessness, gravitational forces upon re-entry, and temperature fluctuations in the Space Shuttle. They were packaged in these containers full of tubes, seen here on the left.



What happens when a Sea Monkey returns from space? Nothing. The students in Pennsylvania found no differences between the Sea Monkeys that remained on the ground and those who travelled in space with the astronauts! One of the experimenters on the Mir Space Station did note that the algae didn’t fare as well. Upon its return, he described the algae as “clumpy.”