Growing Plants in Space is the New Post-Pandemic Normality

Growing Plants in Space is the New Post-Pandemic Normality

Guest blog post by Javier Montiel, M. Ed. It is 8:00 AM, and the students know exactly what to do. As they enter the classroom, one student turns on the computer monitor that displays the space images from ISS Above and checks the maps to see when the ISS will fly over our school, another student checks the test tubes inside the ExoLab for signs of growth. In our window frame, with a beautiful morning…

How can you capture the most carbon growing alfalfa?

How can you capture the most carbon growing alfalfa?

Become a Carbon Farmer through the ExoLab-10 ground trials in preparation for the mission to the International Space Station later this year. Your goal is to grow the largest alfalfa plant in a closed and artificial environment in 28 days.  Alfalfa is a versatile forage and legume crop known for high edible biomass production, ability to sequester carbon and rejuvenate soils, and a potential biofuel. Different growing methods and environmental conditions affect biomass produced and…