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a satellite designed to investigate the influence of space flight on living organisms
Launched on September 7, 1967, Biosatellite 2 was loaded with insects, frog eggs, microorganisms, plants, and other living organisms. The primary objective of the mission was to determine whether organisms were more or less sensitive to ionizing radiation in microgravity than on Earth. Although the mission had to be ended early due to communications problems and tropical storms in the recovery area, it was considered a success.
This pepper plant was one of the organisms carried
into space by Biosatellite 2. Before launch, the plant
grew normally. (top) After 18 hours in space, the leaves
drooped all the wat to the stem.
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