Experiments: The Colonel Goes into Space

The Colonel Goes into Space

Ever since America's astronauts began guzzling Tang drink in space in 1965, NASA crews have been dining on food products made on earth. Now the agency, interested in the nourishment of future space colonists, plans to grow food in flight. Along with a six-member crew, the space shuttle Challenger, due to take off on Jan. 22, will have on board 32 chicken eggs.

The experiment was proposed by Purdue University Sophomore John Vellinger, a winner of NASA's 1983 national space competition. He hypothesized that an embryo would develop better in space than on earth because it would not be influenced by...

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