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  1. Sep 7, 2022 · About. As NASA ramps up the Artemis program, growing plants using water and soil from the moon could become a necessity during longer duration stays there. When space biologists recently grew ...

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  2. Dec 27, 2018 · This work and the study of plant growth in space will be important for future crewed missions to the space station, the moon and one day Mars. “We need to know how plants tick in a zero gravity ...

  3. Plants in space. The growth of plants in outer space has elicited much scientific interest. [1] In the late 20th and early 21st century, plants were often taken into space in low Earth orbit to be grown in a weightless but pressurized controlled environment, sometimes called space gardens. [1] In the context of human spaceflight, they can be ...

  4. Oct 18, 2023 · Gravity affects how plants grow and the yield of crops. An early experiment, PESTO, found that microgravity alters leaf development, plant cells, and the chloroplasts used in photosynthesis, but did not harm the plants overall. In fact, wheat plants grew 10% taller compared to those on Earth.

  5. Jan 30, 2019 · In 2015, astronauts on the space station were allowed to try the leaves of a red romaine lettuce that was cultivated in NASA’s first fresh-food growth chamber. They added a little balsamic ...

  6. Jul 14, 2023 · In 2021, astronauts broke the record for feeding the most people from a crop grown in space. Four pepper plants grew for 137 days aboard the ISS -- the longest plant experiment in the history of ...

  7. Apr 9, 2013 · Our World: How Sand Protects the Shuttle [Archived] Our World: Plants in Space. Description. Find out how plants use light to make their own food in a process called photosynthesis. See how NASA uses LED lights to help grow plants in space. Design your own plant growth chamber like the ones used by NASA.

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