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This habitat box was used twice for student experiments aboard the Space Shuttle. It housed 3300 honeybees on the STS 41-C mission in 1984 and numerous houseflies on the STS 51-D mission in 1985. Many researchers are interested in animals' adaptation to microgravity (weightlessness) as they carry out flying, honeycomb building, and other normal activities in the unique environment of space. NASA has encouraged student involvement in space research by flying such experiments on orbital missions. Honeywell sponsored these experiments and donated this equipment to the Museum after the flights.

Display Status This object is on display in the Space Science at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA Space Science
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous Manufacturer Honeywell Inc., Space & Strategic Avionics Division Dimensions 3-D: 45.7 x 12.1 x 48.3cm (18 x 4 3/4 x 19 in.)
Materials metal, plastic, wood, paper
Inventory Number A19880031000 Credit Line Gift of Honeywell Inc. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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