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Propose an experiment that could be done on the International Space Station, taking into account the powers of your favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters, Rocket and Groot!

Without the effects of gravity, the International Space Station (ISS) provides a platform to look at science in a new way. How can concepts like plant biology or technology development be better understood from research in the microgravity environment of the space station?

Students between the ages of 13 and 18 are encouraged to think about scientific principles in ways not possible in Earth-based science classrooms. Submit an experiment idea that could be housed and carried out on the International Space Station.

All Entries Must Be Submitted by January 31, 2018!

Groot has the power of regeneration, allowing him to re-grow limbs and even his entire form.

Now is your opportunity to take the physical principles of Groot and turn them into your very own ISS research experiment! Groot is the embodiment of plant biology research, a common area of research on the space station. Below are some examples of how researchers have used the microgravity environment onboard the ISS for plant biology experiments.

  • Growing plants in space that astronauts can eat so they can survive going to another planet like Mars.

  • Studying how one might alter the genetic makeup of plants (microgravity alters the gene expression of seeds and plants) and how those changes could improve plant functions on Earth.

  • Answering the most basic plant biology research question—how do plants grow when there is no gravity?

Rocket Raccoon is an accomplished starship pilot, military tactician, technological genius, and leader.

Now is your opportunity to take the physical principles of Rocket and turn them into your very own ISS research experiment! Rocket brings great value to spaceflight with his ability to improvise and think creatively to enhance technologies, fix gadgets, and put his partners in the best position to save the galaxy. Leverage Rocket’s keen characteristics and develop your own spaceflight experiment focused on technology development or materials innovation. Below are some examples of how researchers are using the space station for technology development and material science experiments.

  • Programming hardware to evaluate anything from biology to physical sciences.

  • Evaluating metals and alloys in microgravity to see how metal manufacturing might be improved on Earth.

  • Development of satellite technology for deployment from the space station

  • Using the extreme conditions on the space station to test the durability of new materials.

A Space Tango CubeLab is an individual unit used to contain experiments or production systems. CubeLabs are designed to run autonomously and report data upon power-up in a TangoLab facility on the ISS. CubeLabs are responsible for environmental control (if a different temperature is needed than the ambient temperature of the facility) as well as data and experimental analytics, videos and photographic images.

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The NanoRacks NanoLab is a powerful box in the CubeSat form factor, measuring 10 cm by 10 cm by 10 cm. Each NanoLab has a circuit board that activates the experiment, deactivates it, and can be functioned for other activities such as taking images or filming video of an experiment over time. Customers have also deployed video cameras and a wide range of sensors inside NanoLabs. NanoLabs are plugged into ISS research platforms via a normal USB port, allowing data and power to flow. NanoLabs can be developed by you or customized by an engineering professional.

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All Entries Must Be Submitted by January 31, 2018!

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