Biological Sciences in Space
Online ISSN : 1349-967X
Print ISSN : 0914-9201
ISSN-L : 0914-9201
Mini ecosystem in space
- Preliminary experiment on board STS-77 -
Yoji IshikawaGrant AndersonJane PoynterTaber MacCallumRobert FryeYukishige KawasakiJunpei KoikeKensei KobayashiHiroshi MizutaniKatsura SugiuraKenichi IjiriYoshio IshikawaTakeshi SaitoAtsushi Shiraishi
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1996 Volume 10 Issue 2 Pages 105-111


An enclosed ecosystem which is stable on Earth will behave differently when brought into space. Micro-gravity and radiation will affect the dynamics of material circulation or the activities of small creatures of the ecosystem. One series of space experiments aiming to address such issues was planned in the United States (It is termed as ABS - Autonomous Biological System) and Japanese group has been involved with cooperating with the analysis of the flight samples. Before the ecosystem will be on board Russian Space Station “Mir” later 1996 for 3 months, a preliminary flight was carried out in May 1996 on Space Shuttle (STS-77) for 10 days flight. It was the first of such experiments to fly one whole ecosystem in space.

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© 1996 by Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space
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