Astrobotany Answers: “What is a great mystery of astrobotany?”

Kai Rasmussen — Jan 17th 2019

Welcome to Astrobotany Answers, a segment where Kai Rasmussen (AKA Young Mark Watney) tries to answer email questions to the best of his abilities. Let’s open the mail bag and see what’s up today. Hey Kai, My name is Stephen.  I am a big fan!  (Though I just found out who you were a couple… Read More

Listen to Episode 1 of the new Astrobotany Podcast!

Kai Rasmussen — Nov 19th 2018

Hi y’all, Here at astrobotany, I’ve teamed up with fellow researcher and good friend Jon Lombardino to make a… podcast!  In episode 1 we talk about the history and background of growing plants in space.  Enjoy!  – Kai

Happy Halloween!

Kai Rasmussen — Oct 31st 2018

It’s that spooky time of year again- a great time of year when the leaves change, pumpkins grow, and nights turn cool and crisp. wants to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween, and celebrate the fact that this month, October 2018, yielded our highest amount of visitors to the site.  That’s over 900… Read More

Blog: A Labor of Love and Astrobotany is Back in Full Swing

Kai Rasmussen — Sep 3rd 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. Happy Labor Day Everyone! First of all, I hope everyone has a great labor day.  I’m thankful we can take a day to recognize the efforts and… Read More

The Ethylene Problem on Space Station Mir

Kai Rasmussen — Jul 11th 2018

When you grow a plant in your home or garden, how do you care for it?  Do you water it?  Do you make sure it gets enough sunlight?  Do you add nutrients to your soil? Yes, of course! Do you monitor the levels of ethylene around your plants in parts per billion? … probably not. … Read More

Blog: Happy 4th! and “Astrobotany. Is that like The Martian?”

Kai Rasmussen — Jul 6th 2018

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! I was wearing the new astrobotany shirt (shameless plug, but I was, for real) as I ordered coffee yesterday.  I frequent Starbucks often, and the barista recognized me, as he previously asked about the other astrobotany shirt I was wearing.  Our first interaction went like this:… Read More

Dr. Gioia Massa: Growing Generations of Plant Scientists

Kai Brito and Kai Rasmussen — Jul 2nd 2018

As part of our news series, we’ll be interviewing prominent figures in astrobotany and their role in advancing the subject forward.  Our second interview is with Dr. Gioia Massa, a NASA Life Sciences Project Scientist based at the Kennedy Space Center. Our interview started with the same question we ask all astrobotanists: How did you… Read More