Are you an avid botanist or aspiring biologist?
Keen to know what it takes to grow plants in space?

Asian Herb in Space (AHiS)

3rd project of "Space Seeds for Asian Future" program

AHiS is an annual space educational programme created by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2010 that provide youths and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region an opportunity to take part in space-related biology experiments and research.

It is one of the activities under the KIBO-ABC initiative, which aims to promote understanding and utilization of Japanese Experiment Module “KIBO” on International Space Station.

Participating students will get the exciting opportunity to be grow herbs on behalf of the astronauts on the International Space Station while researchers stand a chance to get exclusive access to space-flown herb seeds for research. 

Objectives

  • Provide participants an opportunity to learn about space biology through participation in experiments under peculiar space conditions, including microgravity
  • Provide a unique context for participants to apply biology concepts in and pick up useful observation and data analysis skills​
  • Encourage youths to develop an interest in space and explore future career possibilities of being a space biologist

Participation

  • Over 1000 participants ranging from youths to researchers
  • More than 10 countries in Asia-Pacific region, represented by KIBO-ABC members 

    e.g. Australian Space Agency (Australia), National Space Organization (Taiwan), etc. 

 

In alignment with AHiS’ objectives, each KIBO-ABC member will plan a unique education programme for students in their country.

In 2021, Singapore Space & Technology Ltd (SSTL) will be participating as Singapore’s representative for the very first time and youths from various primary and secondary schools are invited to take part. SSTL will also distribute space-flown herb seeds to our exclusive researcher partners for research. 

AHiS 2021 Missions

Mission 1: Space Growth Experiment

  • Study the effects of microgravity on growth of Basil plant

Participating students will grow the Basil seeds provided by JAXA as ground control experiment for 30 days.

During the course of the programme,

  • Students will be provided an assignment sheet by SSTL to aid their learning in topics such as space in general, significance of growing plants in space, germination process of plants and tips in making their own plant chambers to grow Basil
  • Students will have to make observations, take photos and record plant growth height daily
  • Students will be tasked to plot a graph using data collected and hypothesize how plant growth will be different in microgravity conditions

Mission 1 Requirements

  • Students aged 9 - 17 years old studying in a Singaporean Primary/Secondary school

Mission 2: Space Travel Seeds Experiment

  • Study how spaceflight affects biology and growth of herb seeds

Herb seeds will be flown on the ISS for 30 days and distributed to SSTL’s research partners. 

  • Researchers will utilize space-flown seeds to conduct experiments 
  • Researchers will have a chance to present their scientific analysis and findings to JAXA once they have concluded their research

*Due to highly competitive cargo space on the ISS, the space-flown seeds are limited.

Mission 2 Requirements

  • Exclusive to SSTL's research partners only - please drop us an email if you are interested in collaborating as our research partner

KEYDATES

*Timeline is subjected to changes in accordance to International Space Station crews' schedule*

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Mr Claus Nehmzow​

CIO,
Eastern Pacific Shipping

david_geiling

Mr David Geiling

VP of APAC Sales,
Kymeta Corporation

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Mr Chng Zhen Hao​

CEO,
Cap Vista

claus_nehmzow

Mr Claus Nehmzow​

CIO,
Eastern Pacific Shipping

david_geiling

Mr David Geiling

VP of APAC Sales,
Kymeta Corporation

chng-zhen-hao-220x300

Mr Chng Zhen Hao​

CEO,
Cap Vista

Partners

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

  • Rules and Regulations
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FAQ

registration

Calling out to all young budding scientists and researchers!

If you would like to join Asian Herb in Space or collaborate with us on the project,

please kindly fill up the form below and we will get back to you. 

All questions, comments and feedbacks are always welcome.