The goal of this research project is to study the behavior of monarch butterflies (Vanessa Cardui) in a laboratory environment, at constant pressure and temperature, and to compare the results with the data offered by NASA regarding the life of butterflies in microgravity.
As an aside, in the end we came up with a term of endearment for our butterflies, naming them Vianuessa Cardui, because the name of our school is Tudor Vianu.
Microgravity is a mystery we all wish to unravel – and this can only be done with experiments and careful observations. So, in order to choose the research questions, we studied the effects gravity has on living organisms and of those considered the aspects we were able to monitor by photos and videos.
Then, we made some suppositions on how butterflies would behave under the effect of microgravity and how would the lack of gravitational force affect their biological processes. Also, we compared the actual experimental data collected by us with the data offered by NASA and verified our suppositions. Finally, we stated the conclusions of our research and suggested several enhancements and future studies.