New Plant Experiments Successfully Launch on SpaceX CRS-15

Kai Rasmussen — Jun 29th 2018

SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket for commercial resupply 15 (CRS-15) to the International Space Station.  Several plants are onboard the used Dragon cargo ship. dragoon lettuce extra dwarf pak choy These two varieties were decided upon by the Fairchild Garden Growing Beyond Earth challenge.  Effectively, they were chosen by students as part of… Read More

Blog: Graduation and the Future of Astrobotany and

Kai Rasmussen — Jun 21st 2018

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for, recent UW biology graduate, and graphic designer.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. Hey, everyone!  This is my first blog post since I graduated from UW-Madison.  Well, I actually haven’t graduated yet- I had one short class I needed to… Read More

Classic Astrobotany: Let’s Grow Algae in Space

Kai Rasmussen — Jun 17th 2018

Nearly sixty-five years ago, in 1954, NASA biologist Jack Myers was one of the first scientists to test algae (Chlorella) for oxygen production and recycling of carbon dioxide.  A pioneer of astrobotany, he theorized that algae could be an essential part of a bioregenerative life support system.  This was one of the earliest examples of… Read More