Jim sent this out as a Monarch Watch Update. It was posted to the duplex list serve, but has not been posted to the Monarch Watch Forum or Blog:
> Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 17:32:09 -0600
> To: MONARCH-WATCH-UPDATE@ku.edu
> From: Jim Lovett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Monarchs in Space - Classrooms Wanted ASAP!
> WANTED: Up to 20 schools (in the U.S., east of the Rocky Mountains)
> to follow the development of monarchs on the International Space
> We need to have you commit to this program by 5PM on Friday afternoon
> (November 6th) - sorry for the short notice!
> The next Space Shuttle launch is scheduled for November 16th.
> Atlantis will carry three 4th instar monarch caterpillars to the
> International Space Station (ISS) in a small rearing chamber. This
> chamber will be placed in an incubator aboard the ISS where the
> developing monarchs will be monitored. Still and video cameras will
> continually capture images, which will be made available online.
> We have prepared a text that outlines normal development of monarchs
> from the fourth instar until emergence as adults. This detailed text
> is written for adults and contains an extensive glossary. It is
> intended to provide the information teachers need to answer student
> questions and as a guide to the five major challenges monarchs face
> in the nearly weightless environment of the International Space
> If you would like your school or classroom to participate, please
> contact us at email@example.com
before 5PM this Friday (November 6th).
> Monarch Watch will send a special monarch larva kit to participating
> schools. The monarch kit costs $17.95 and the overnight shipping will
> be an additional $26 for a total of $43.95. BioServe Space
> Technologies will send participating classrooms a kit that includes a
> rearing chamber (similar to the one going into space) with
> The kit consists of six 3rd instar larvae on artificial diet and
> additional cups of diet. Three larvae will be loaded into the rearing
> chamber. One of the cups with diet will be used to fill the feeding
> trays in the chamber you will receive from BioServe. The other cups
> of diet can be used to feed the remaining larvae until they are ready
> to add to the finishing cups. Additional instructions will be
> provided regarding these points.
> If you participate in this program your students will be able to
> follow the shuttle mission to the space station and the development
> of the monarchs in space for at least two weeks.
> The background materials, additional instructions, and relevant links
> will be available at www.monarchwatch.org
> If you have any questions, please let us know!
> Jim Lovett
> Monarch Watch