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15th September 2021

AstroPlant: space spice

AstroPlant: space spice

Does food taste different in space? This post takes a look at the chilli peppers growing on the ISS, and at why spicy food is popular with astronauts.

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19th May 2021

AstroPlant: painting pak choi

AstroPlant: painting pak choi

In this post, we’re talking about the latest crop on the International Space Station, and about how paintbrushes can help with pollination.

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31st March 2021

AstroPlant: seeds in space

AstroPlant: seeds in space

Let’s take a look at some of the research that’s brought us to this point: the earliest experiments involving plant matter in space.

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11th March 2021

AstroPlant update, week 4

AstroPlant update, week 4

Alas, our basil has met an unfortunate fate. Its end has things to teach the AstroPlant project, though, just as its life did.

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9th March 2021

AstroPlant: learning how to grow plants in space

AstroPlant: learning how to grow plants in space

Space is vast and beautiful, but it’s also largely barren. If we want to send astronauts into space for long periods, we’re faced with a lot of questions. How do we keep people fed in space, given that it costs thousands of pounds even to send a kilogram of supplies into low Earth orbit? How do we supply them with enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy? How do we look after their psychological health?

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