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Arabidopsis thaliana seeds are mounted in a specific orientation onto supportive membranes for the Seedling Growth-2 mission. Image Credit:  NASA / Dominic HartArabidopsis thaliana seeds are mounted in a specific orientation onto supportive membranes for the Seedling Growth-2 mission. Image Credit: NASA / Dominic Hart

 

The Seedling Growth-2 mission is the second in a series of NASA-ESA collaborative plant biology experiments using the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) facility aboard the space station.

 

The investigation launched to the station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 21, 2014. Station crew will start the first experimental run of the study on October 17.

 

Tiny Arabidopsis thaliana seeds are visible as a dotted line across the membrane that is sealed inside of an experiment cassette. Image Credit:  NASA / Dominic HartTiny Arabidopsis thaliana seeds are visible as a dotted line across the membrane that is sealed inside of an experiment cassette. Image Credit: NASA / Dominic Hart

 

Hardware integration engineer Stephen Martin places experiment cassettes that contain Arabidopsis thaliana seeds into a unique Ames equipment assembly for Seedling Growth-2. The assembly’s hardware and electronics will support the study inside the EMCS facility aboard the space station. Image Credit:  NASA / Dominic HartHardware integration engineer Stephen Martin places experiment cassettes that contain Arabidopsis thaliana seeds into a unique Ames equipment assembly for Seedling Growth-2. The assembly’s hardware and electronics will support the study inside the EMCS facility aboard the space station. Image Credit: NASA / Dominic Hart

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