Space Aquarium successfully launched
CEBAS Aquatic Eco-System launched into space
The aquatic eco-system CEBAS was launched into space today at 16:39 CET.
The scientific payload was developed and built at OHB-System in Bremen for the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR. In addition to water plants and snails, the aquarium holds 16 swordtails and 50 small yellow-belly cichlids.
The purpose of this aquarium is to examine the influence of gravity/weightlessness on an ecological system, the development of the sense of balance and the inner ear as well as bone structure and immunology.
In addition to OHB-System, the universities of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Bochum and Düsseldorf are responsible for the scientific research.
At OHB-System's initiative, school students from two schools in Bremen (Ökumenisches Gymnasium) and Lower Saxony (KGS Leeste) as well as two schools in the United States (Cocoa and Rockledge, Florida) will each be conducting one ground reference examination. The school experiments will be commenced at KGS Leeste tomorrow afternoon (Friday) starting at 4:00 pm.
The data recorded will be made available to the CEBAS scientists for evaluation. CEBAS is to be brought back to earth on board the Columbia space shuttle, which is scheduled to touch down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 1.