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the gravitational plant physiology facility-description of equipment developed for biological research in spacelabIn January 1992, the NASA Suttle mission STS 42 carried a facility designed to perform experiments on plant gravi- and photo-tropic responses. This equipment, the Gravitational Plant Physiology Facility (GPPF) was made up of a number of interconnected units mounted within a Spacelab double rack. The details of these units and the plant growth containers designed for use in GPPF are described. The equipment functioned well during the mission and returned a substantial body of time-lapse video data on plant responses to tropistic stimuli under conditions of orbital microgravity. GPPF is maintained by NASA Ames Research Center, and is flight qualifiable for future spacelab missions.
Document ID
19950041686
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Heathcote, D. G.
(Univ. City Science Center Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Chapman, D. K.
(Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA United States)
Brown, A. H.
(Univ. City Science Center Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Lewis, R. F.
(Univ. City Science Center Philadelphia, PA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Microgravity Science and Technology
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0938-0108
Subject Category
LIFE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS2-10533
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG2-623
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAG2-574
Distribution Limits
Public
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