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Gardening could help long space missions
UPI) ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Posted on 11/27/2012 2:50:58 PM PST by BenLurkin

Using plants to provide a food source and to recycle carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen may prove critical for astronauts who will live in space for months at a time, the space agency said in a release Tuesday.

Several plant-growing experiments have been conducted to help scientists understand the impact of zero gravity conditions on plant growth, NASA said.

Plants can provide a sense of well-being, scientists said, noting that at the McMurdo Station for research in Antarctica -- a site that in the dead of winter mirrors the space station in its isolation, cramped quarters, and hostile environment -- the most sought after section of the habitat is the greenhouse.

Both NASA and the European Space Agency have conducted plant research on the ISS, with several future experiments planned.

One aim of the experiments, scientists said, is to identify specific plants that are better able to withstand long duration spaceflight and microgravity conditions.

(Excerpt) Read more at upi.com ...


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1 posted on 11/27/2012 2:51:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
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The key to deep space exploration is developing Spacecraft which are 100% self-sustainf. Each ship will have to be its own independent eco-system.

Once that is accoomplished, the stars will be the limit.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 2:52:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin
Didn't work out to well for these guys!


3 posted on 11/27/2012 2:54:42 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: BenLurkin

Why do all that? Just give them an EBT card like everybody else.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 2:57:36 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: BenLurkin

Can plants grow in zero-gravity environments?


5 posted on 11/27/2012 2:59:56 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: Fledermaus

That just came to my mind as well. What was the name of that movie? It’s been years!


6 posted on 11/27/2012 3:07:10 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Silent Running


7 posted on 11/27/2012 3:14:13 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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To: BenLurkin

Parsnips are the currency of the universe. You get out past Antares 5, and you can trade parsnips for anything you need.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 3:18:08 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Fledermaus

Ya know, if you put nuclear weapons in your gardens ...

(The scenes were shot inside the real “Valley Forge” aircraft carrier CV-45)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob_9o2o1lg4


9 posted on 11/27/2012 3:35:43 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Fledermaus

I was going to post the very same pic!


10 posted on 11/27/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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To: Fledermaus

Thanks! :)


11 posted on 11/27/2012 3:58:37 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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FReepathon Day 58.

12 posted on 11/27/2012 3:59:37 PM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: txnativegop

The answer appears to be yes.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 4:42:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

thanks


14 posted on 11/27/2012 5:36:10 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: BenLurkin

As long as there are no damn deer around.


15 posted on 11/27/2012 5:39:53 PM PST by gotribe
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Nothing new here. Gardening on long-duration space flights was a well- established element in science-fiction stories by the 1940s. It theoretically solves 3 basic problems: production of food and oxygen and disposal of carbon dioxide produced by the crew. I'm not sure how well those ideas have worked out in practice since this article about gardening aboard the ISS mentions it only as a diversion from boredom:

GARDENING IN ORBIT

16 posted on 11/27/2012 5:45:59 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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Gardening could help long space missions

So could ranching, you just need larger space vehicles.

17 posted on 11/27/2012 5:51:22 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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