On November 16, 2009, Painted Lady butterflies will fly aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS). The butterflies will spend several months in space, as part of an exciting experiment to observe their life cycles and behaviors in microgravity. We invite your class to participate! The butterflies will live in a special habitat, which provides a safe environment, food and water. Photos and video will be transmitted back to Earth and made available on the BioEd Online (www.bioedonline.org
) and K8Science (www.k8science.org
) websites. Please share our data and join this investigation in real time. Even better, engage your students in concurrent activities with their own butterflies. Everything you need to get started is available on BioEd Online or K8 Science. Download the free Teacher's Guide to begin. There is plenty of time to order live caterpillars from suppliers and begin your ground-based experiments before the launch!!