Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
. Space Travel News .




SPACE TRAVEL
NASA plant study headed to space station
by Staff Writers
Greenbelt, Md. (UPI) Feb 20, 2013


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

NASA engineers say they're working on a habitat to learn the effects on plants of long-duration microgravity exposure in space.

In possible future missions beyond low-Earth orbit, relying on plant growth aboard a spacecraft will play an important role, NASA said.

"The ability of plants to provide high quality science within a tightly closed system, a source of food and recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen may prove crucial for astronauts and add to the body of knowledge as they live in space for months at a time," said Bryan Onate, Plant Habitat project manager, said.

For research purposes, NASA engineers are developing a plant habitat with a large growth chamber destined for a laboratory on the International Space Station.

"It will provide a large, enclosed, environmentally-controlled chamber designed to support commercial and fundamental plant research onboard the space station," Onate said.

The habitat is about 21 inches high, 36 inches wide and 24 inches deep and would use about 735 watts of power, he said.

The habitat is expected to launch to the ISS in 2015, probably aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.

"NASA is conducting plant research aboard the space station because during future long-duration missions, life in space may depend on it," Onate said.

.


Related Links
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SPACE TRAVEL
What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?
London, UK (SPX) Dec 11, 2012
It is well known that plant growth patterns are influenced by a variety of stimuli, gravity being one amongst many. On Earth plant roots exhibit characteristic behaviours called 'waving' and 'skewing', which were thought to be gravity-dependent events. However, Arabidopsis plants grown on the International Space Station (ISS) have proved this theory wrong, according to a study published in BioMe ... read more


SPACE TRAVEL
Another Sea Launch Failure

ILS Concludes Yamal 402 Proton Launch Investigation

Ariane 5 delivers record payload off back-to-back launches this week

Eutelsat and Arianespace sign new multi-year multiple launch services agreement

SPACE TRAVEL
Rover finds gray rock beneath Red Planet's surface

Bleach could hamper Mars life search

At the mouth of the red valley

NASA's MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly

SPACE TRAVEL
Building a lunar base with 3D printing

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

SPACE TRAVEL
Public to vote on names for Pluto moons

The PI's Perspective: The Seven-Year Itch

New Horizons Gets a New Year's Workout

Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

SPACE TRAVEL
Earth-like planets are right next door

Direct Infrared Image Of An Arm In Disk Demonstrates Transition To Planet Formation

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door

Earth-like planets may be closer than thought: study

SPACE TRAVEL
Antares Engine Test Aborted; New Date TBD

Magnetic shielding of ion beam thruster walls

NASA Set for New Round Of J-2X Testing at Stennis Space Center

NASA and ATK Complete Avionics and Controls Testing for SLS Booster

SPACE TRAVEL
Welcome Aboard Shenzhou 10

Reshuffle for Tiangong

China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013

Mr Xi in Space

SPACE TRAVEL
Radar Movie of Asteroid 2012 DA14

Asteroid Steins' hidden gems

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Speeds Away From Earth

How Do We Know the Russian Meteor and 2012 DA14 Aren't Related?




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement