BLOG: We Should Let Kids Control Satellites from the Internet

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 4th 2017

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for, and UW molecular biology research undergrad.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. Here at, we’ve touched on some of the ways education is changing, and how educators are adjusting to best fit the needs of a new generation of… Read More

BLOG: Finally Learning How to Code, to do Interesting Things

Kai Rasmussen — Dec 3rd 2017

This is Kai Rasmussen’s blog.  He is the webmaster for, and UW molecular biology research undergrad.  These are updates about the process, if you are interested. it’s time to code It was time that I learned how to program.  Really, I’ve survived building with wordpress and Isaac doing the coding.  I haven’t needed… Read More

Support Net Neutrality to Further Science

Kai Rasmussen — Nov 22nd 2017

Here at we strive to provide resources for researchers and the public for free.  The TOAST database, the plants and spaceflight information, the news section: they are all services we aim to provide.  We want all scientists to have the opportunity to access our information. Recently the FCC announced that they are planning on… Read More

Astrobotany and the Future of Science Education

Kai Rasmussen — Nov 17th 2017

The world is changing fast and scientific research is accelerating at lightning pace. The dawn of cloud computing, massive data networks and bioinformatics is bringing together scientists from all around the world to participate in a new era of technology. Entire genomes are free and available at the click of a button. New engineering developments,… Read More

An Interview with Dr. Simon Gilroy, Astrobotanist

Savana Lipps — Oct 27th 2017

Some might call Simon Gilroy a talented gardener. In fact, you could even say his botanical abilities are out of this world. Gilroy is a University of Wisconsin – Madison botany researcher who believes the ability to grow plants for food in space isn’t galaxies out of reach. If conditions on Earth were to ever… Read More

Astrobotany Clothing: For the Love of Science, For the Love of Streetwear

Kai Rasmussen — Oct 24th 2017

If you get a chance, check out the clothing tab of our website.  In that section of you’ll find some design work that I’ve done and you’ll also find the clothing line I’ve been working on. You may be asking why there is a clothing section on a site that also hosts a database… Read More

Tsiolkovsky says “Show me the Money”

Kai Rasmussen — Oct 11th 2017

Molecular Biology Stuff Richard was teaching one of the undergrads how to use SerialCloner this morning.  Serial Cloner is an in-silica (in the computer) molecular biology tool.  We use it before we actually perform an experiment in wet lab.  SerialCloner simulates PCR and ligation so you can make sure all your primers and genetic tools… Read More

Dissertation on Arabidopsis and Microgravity is Comprehensive, Powerful

Kai Rasmussen — Sep 28th 2017

Christina Johnson, a PhD candidate at the Miami University Graduate School has completed her dissertation on Arabidopsis Thaliana grown in microgravity. Dr. Johnson analyzed data from STS-131 (BRIC-16).  STS-131 was a shuttle launch in April of 2010.  STS-131 has yielded valuable data for astrobotany researchers.  Other papers include Kwon et al., 2015, which examined transcriptional response to spaceflight… Read More

Spaceflight Experiment Opportunity: ASGSR’s Ken Souza Award

Kai Rasmussen — May 22nd 2017

If you have an idea for an experiment that requires microgravity, consider applying for the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR)’s Ken Souza Award. If your proposal is selected you will receive a $1,000 grant and a free payload sample on Blue Origins New Shepard rocket in 2018. If you are interested please apply… Read More

Problems pop up fast, but science responds faster (check out the new clinostat)

Kai Rasmussen — May 1st 2017

It’s natural for people to worry about the future. Our generation worries about things that are especially pressing: climate change, overpopulation, destruction of habitats, etc. These issues are concerning, but I am continually amazed at how fast we respond to these problems. Science moves quickly; so quickly we often take it for granted. A hundred… Read More