Because gravity can be used to rescue the classic UV phenotype
that results from failures in subcortical
rotation, Xenopus early development was a logical candidate
for inclusion on science missions sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) as part of its Space Shuttle program. Although the Challenger
disaster and several other delays pushed these experiments back
several years, the crucial experiments were finally performed.
Play the movie at the upper right to see what the outcome was.
Click on this emblem to launch the shuttle.