The effect of microgravity on the fragrance of a miniature rose, “Overnight Scentsation™” on Space Shuttle (STS-95)

Mookherjee, Braja D.; Patel, Subha; Zhou, Weijia
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p689
Academic Journal
To evaluate the effects of microgravity on the production of aroma constituents, the OVERNIGHT SCENTSATION™ rose plant with both an unopened bud and a half bloom was sent into the space aboard NASA space shuttle STS-95 for 9 days, from October 29 through November 6, 1998. While the flower was blooming in space, it was analyzed over four consecutive days using IFF’s proprietary Solid Phase Micro Extraction (SPME) method. After returning to Earth on November 6, the information collected in space was analyzed and compared with the data collected from the same type of rose plant on the ground. The comparative results of the space rose and the Earth rose showed a drastic difference in their fragrance molecules. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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