Nov 13, 2009 11:54 AM by by Jamie Friar

Caterpillars in Space

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - These bugs have the right stuff. Three monarch caterpillars are about to become insect astronauts.
University of Kansas prof Chip Taylor is providing the caterpillars for a space shuttle launch planned for Monday. The Wichita Eagle reports the bugs will ride the shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. Taylor says school kids will be watching their own caterpillars develop in their classrooms and compare them to the orbiting caterpillars. He figures the space 'pillars will turn into butterflies sometime after Thanksgiving.

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