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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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8th March 2021

AstroPlant update, week 3

AstroPlant update, week 3

Now that the plant’s been around for a few weeks, it’s easy to forget how remarkable it is that it can survive in its current environment.

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8th March 2021

AstroPlant update, week 2

AstroPlant update, week 2

After the first week, we concluded that we could probably trust our AstroPlant to survive if we glanced away for a moment.

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