The Azuki bean will be grown IN COMPLETE DARKNESS and WEIGHTLESSNESS from seed for 7 days onboard “Kibo" inside the International Space Station.
Astronauts will film the sprouting of Azuki beans grown in space and transmit the images to Earth.
- Azuki beans, Vigna angularis cv. Erimowase, are implanted into a rockwool block under dry conditions and sent to ISS.
- Once in orbit, the rockwool is wetted with water so that the beans will start germinate. The seeds are put inside an opaque bag and kept inside the Kibo module.
- Seven days (TBD) later, the bag is opened and the growth and the shape of seedlings are observed. Video images are taken and downlinked.
- Downlinked video images are distributed to participating students.
- If extra crew operations are possible, astronauts can pick some sprouts out and touch them to examine its stiffness and other physical properties, i.e. gravity resistance.
Observation Detail – and Results
|Prep||Preparation of seed for the space trip|
Launch to the ISS (4 Aug 2013)
The fourth H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV4, also known as KOUNOTORI4, was successfully launched aboard an H-IIB launch vehicle from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center at 4:48 am on August 4, 2013. KOUNOTORI4, which delivers supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), docked with the ISS on August 10. (All times are Japan Standard Time, UTC +9 hrs.)
Watering (31 Aug 2013)
|Day 1||(Stored in darkness)|
|Day 2||(Stored in darkness)|
|Day 3||(Stored in darkness)|
Growth Check (4 Sep 2013)
|Day 5||(Stored in darkness)|
|Day 6||(Stored in darkness)|
Final Observations (6 or 7 Sep 2013 – TBC)