Microgreens in Space

Microgreens in Space Why are edible plants important to space missions? Future long-term space missions are critically dependent on sustainably maintaining both the physiological and psychological health of crew members. One important aspect is the ability to provide crews with optimal nutrition while reducing the need for Earth-based resupply. The cost and space requirements currently …

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NASA Seeks Ideas for New Competition to Feed Astronauts on Long-Duration Space Missions

from the NASA Technology Transfer Program: NASA is seeking input for a possible space food challenge with a proposed opening in early 2021. The challenge objective is to identify and foster novel technologies, systems, and approaches for food production for long-duration space exploration missions. The proposed competition will challenge the public to help NASA create …

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Help Choose The Right Legume for Space!

Hello, fellow astrobotany enthusiasts!  It’s Kai, and I’ve got a quick announcement.  First off, I hope everyone is keeping well during the coronavirus outbreak. Take care of yourselves, and please stay safe and healthy.   Next, as far as astrobotany goes, I wanted to share an opportunity for all astrobotanists/educators/enthusiasts who want to get more involved …

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Shungiku, Red Romaine, and Mustard are being eyed as potential plant space crops

from a NASA PRESS RELEASE: Jess Bunchek, an associate scientist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, observes plant cultivars inside the Veggie growth chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility prior to harvesting them on Sept. 30, 2019, for a science verification test (SVT). This SVT will study the potential of three plants – …

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