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Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA)

Space Seeds for Asian Future (SSAF)


SSAF logo for 2013

SSAF logo for 2013

SSAF logo for 2010-2011

SSAF logo for 2010-2011

The "Space Seeds for Asian Future" program is one of the activities under the "Kibo-ABC" initiative of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), intended to promote understanding and gain experience regarding the utilization of Kibo. This program also aims to provide children and students in the Asia-Pacific region with an opportunity to learn about space experiments or the space environment including orbital microgravity.

Well over one thousand students from four Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) participated in the previous program ("Space Seeds for Asian Future 2010-2011"), which gave them a valuable opportunity to grow "space seeds" retuned from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) called Kibo on the International Space Station (ISS). In the "Space Seeds for Asian Future 2013" program, there are plans to cultivate indigenous seeds of Asia in Kibo/ISS. Members of the "Kibo-ABC" initiative will collaborate in the preparation, following which many people including children, students and researchers, are expected to participate in the program. Participants can cultivate their own seeds on the ground and join events organized by Kibo-ABC members that include simultaneous control experiments on the ground. We therefore welcome and encourage your participations.

The logos for 2010-2011 and 2013 were designed by The National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand (NSTDA), respectively.

SSAF 2013

SSAF2013 You Worked with an Astronaut in a Space Experiment [PDF: 2.2MB]

Program Report (SSAF2013 You Worked with an Astronaut in a Space Experiment) [PDF: 2.2MB]
Space Experiment Report
Report No.1: Ground Preparation
Report No.2: Launch and on-board operation procedure
Report No.3: Watering to start cultivation
Report No.4: Growth check
Report No.5: Final observation
Video message from JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata
Program Overview [PDF: 648KB]

SSAF 2010-2011

Video message from the participants in the SSAF 2010-2011
Report from Malaysia, October 2012 [PDF: 1.81MB]
Report from Malaysia, March 2012 [PDF: 2.24MB]
Report from Thailand
Report from Indonesia [PDF: 7MB]
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