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Seeds are Sprouting... in Space!

posted Sep 26, 2011, 9:37 PM by davidrothauser@newdesignhigh.com   [ updated Sep 26, 2011, 9:42 PM ]
PLANTS BEGIN TO GROW ROOTS AND LEAVES ABOARD ISS.

The Plants in Space investigation on the International Space Station is off to a great start. Roots are clearly visible and stems and leaves are heading toward the light. 

Over the next several weeks, more groups of seeds will be started. Student investigators in schools across the country and around the world already are comparing their ground control plants with the experimental plants in microgravity. 

“Space plants” will be an important part of NASA’s extended manned missions in the solar system. Plants will provide a food source and help to refresh onboard oxygen and water supplies. Students participating in the Plants in Space study are contributing to the knowledge of how best to grow plants in microgravity. 

There is still time to join the investigation. Registration is free and all the information you need is contained in the downloadable guides and videos on this site. What are you waiting for? 
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