Posted by: cindydyer | November 28, 2009

Atlantis Space Shuttle Returns with Monarch Butterfly Pupa

by Mary Ellen Ryall

Atlantis is about to land in Florida on 27 November 2009. Three monarch butterfly caterpillars went along for the ride. At right is a photo of the caterpillars in the pupa stage on the space shuttle. The photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day, 26 November, 2009. Indeed, I give thanks that they made it far from Earth, their home, and that no harm came to them while they where in outer space and changed from caterpillar to pupa.

Butterflies are free. They live in the natural world in Canada, USA and Mexico. They fly, but not in outer space!

You can learn more about their journey on NASA’s website here, and on Baylor College of Medicine’s website, BioEd Online, on their Butterflies in Space page.

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