AMHERST, Mass. - This month, high school students in Massachusetts and across the country will get a taste of how science is done on board the International Space Station (ISS), courtesy of a collaborative project at the University of Massachusetts, funded by the Massachusetts Space Consortium. The project is tied in with the space shuttle Atlantis, which blasted off for an 11-day mission late yesterday afternoon. The students will rely on elements as high-tech as specialized software and real-time downloads from the space station - and as low-tech as recycled milk bottles - to learn about space biology. Students will study topics such as weightlessness and its effects on plants, including fruit and flower development and photosynthesis; and how astronauts recycle and purify water and air for re-use.