This project is funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI), and is a partnership of NSBRI, BioServe Space Technologies (University of Colorado) and Baylor College of Medicine. Additional support provided by Houston Endowment Inc. and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Painted Lady Butterflies in Space! On November 16, 2009, larvae that hatched six days earlier flew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. The larvae successfully fed, grew, formed chrysalises, and emerged as adult butterflies. The historic space experiment concluded on December 10, 2009. However, photos and video from the mission will continue to be available on the project website for students to compare to their live organisms on Earth.

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