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NSTA-NASA Shuttle Student Involvement Project. Experiment Results: Insect Flight Observation at Zero GravityThe flight responses of common houseflies, velvetbean caterpillar moths, and worker honeybees were observed and filmed for a period of about 25 minutes in a zero-g environment during the third flight of the Space Shuttle Vehicle (flight number STS-3; March 22-30, 1982). Twelve fly puparia, 24 adult moths, 24 moth pupae, and 14 adult bees were loaded into an insect flight box, which was then stowed aboard the Shuttle Orbiter, the night before the STS-3 launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The main purpose of the experiment was to observe and compare the flight responses of the three species of insects, which have somewhat different flight control mechanisms, under zero-g conditions.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Nelson, T. E.
(Houston Univ. TX, United States)
Peterson, J. R.
(Honeywell, Inc.)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
September 20, 1982
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:173028
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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