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 for youths in the Asia-Pacific region. Participating students will get the exciting opportunity to be the right-hand man of researchers working on the International Space Station and be tasked to grow herbs on their behalf.

AHiS 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.

Objectives

  • Provide students an opportunity to learn about space biology through participation in experiments under peculiar space conditions, including microgravity
  • Provide a fun learning experience that will allow students to apply their biology concepts in a unique context 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 Students
  • 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 2020, 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.

AHiS 2020 Mission

  • 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

AHiS 2020 Singapore Requirements

  • Students aged 12 - 15 years old studying in a Singaporean Primary/Secondary school

KEYDATES

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

  • Start of AHiS project (students) End Jan 2021

    Students to grow Basil at home/school for 1 month till End Feb 2021 (TBC)

  • International Space Station crew grows Basil on ISS TBC

    ISS crew will grow Basil for 1 month within months of Dec 2020 - June 2021 depending on ISS' crew schedule

  • Assignment Submission for Students End March 2021
  • Return of seedlings grown on ISS to Earth June 2021

    TBC, dependent on ISS' crew schedule

  • Sharing session with JAXA Aug 2021

    Students might be invited to share their experiences with JAXA and international organisations (TBC)

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Mr Claus Nehmzow​

CIO,
Eastern Pacific Shipping

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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

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Mr Chng Zhen Hao​

CEO,
Cap Vista

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FAQ

registration

Calling out to all young budding scientists and fellow teachers!

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.