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

A Brief History of Plant Habitats in Space

Kai Rasmussen — May 27th 2018

It’s fairly common knowledge: where you grow a plant makes all the difference.  Botanists, gardeners, and farmers alike have worked for thousands of years to perfect plant growth in any environment.  From the fields of the Midwestern United States to the arid climate of the Middle East, humans will grow plants wherever they’re needed.  And… Read More

Let’s mow grass in space.

Kai Rasmussen — May 8th 2018

Did you fellas hear?  The Dragon has returned to Earth.  The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has returned with its latest loot haul from the International Space Station.  And it came back with some fresh grass clippings. The Dragon successfully touched down over the weekend with a load of science experiments ready for researchers.  Of importance to… Read More

New Frontiers: Tupperware for Plants in Space

Kai Rasmussen — May 3rd 2018

Target, Budweiser, and now… Tupperware joins the list of companies ready to do their part for the field of astrobotany.  Yes, you read that right, it’s everyone’s favorite container brand!  Meal prepping goes to space. Alas, it’s not Tupperware containers, but rather a sophisticated piece of equipment called the Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS). … Read More

Let’s Grow Cotton in Space.

Kai Rasmussen — Apr 26th 2018

Last year, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) announced the ISS Cotton Sustainability Challenge, supported by Target.  With a focus on making cotton production more sustainable,  select labs across the country have been tasked with making these experiments a reality. The team is excited to hear that the University of… Read More

One-Year Anniversary of

Kai Rasmussen — Feb 19th 2018

Today is officially the one year anniversary of  When I started this website a little over a year ago, I had no idea what direction it would take.  I’m proud to say that we’ve hit many major milestones.  Let’s take a look back at one year of the best website on the internet. Stats… Read More