"Spiders in space": A collaboration between education and research

Thompson, L and Mathers, N 2006, '"Spiders in space": A collaboration between education and research', Science in School International Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 41-45.


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Title "Spiders in space": A collaboration between education and research
Author(s) Thompson, L
Mathers, N
Year 2006
Journal name Science in School International Journal
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 45
Total pages 4
Publisher European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Abstract On 16 January 2003, eight Australian spiders embarked on a 16-day mission into space on board the space shuttle Columbia STS-107. The experiment was the culmination of a three-year collaborative programme between students from Glen Waverley Secondary College, RMIT University and the Royal Melbourne Zoo (Thompson et al., 2000), and put the students in direct contact with established space entities NASA, BioServe and SPACEHAB as well as with international researchers. The students were involved in all aspects of the design of the experiment as well as in investigations into issues such flight clearance and mission simulation. Despite the tragic loss of Columbia and her crew during the STS-107 mission, the project highlighted the educational benefits of school students being part of a real-life space science project.
Subject Stellar Astronomy and Planetary Systems
Copyright notice Published under the Creative Commons attribution non-commercial no derivatives licence
ISSN 1818-0353
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