NASA Podcast: How to Grow Plants in Space

NASA Space Food

The advent of space exploration pushes organizations such as NASA to search for ways to produce food in space. In this episode from NASA’s podcast, Curious Universe, discover Kennedy Space Center’s lush Plant Processing Area with Ray Wheeler, Ralph Fritsche, and Gioia Massa, scientists studying how to grow food in space.

Want to discover more? Discover this interview from Agritecture with International Space Station National LaboratoryChristine M. Kretz, VP of Programs and Partnerships, Mounir Alafrangy, Commercial Innovation Manager & Technology Lead, and Patrick O’Neill, Public Affairs and Outreach Lead.

Participate in the upcoming Indoor AgTech Summit in NYC to discover a keynote on Utilizing Space-Based Research to Help Enable Stronger, Disease-Resistant Crops in Indoor Farming. Register here and save 10% with code IGROW10.

About NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. The agency has a diverse workforce of just under 18,000 civil servants, and works with many more U.S. contractors, academia, and international and commercial partners to explore, discover, and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. With an annual budget of $23.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2021, which is less than 0.5% of the overall U.S. federal budget, NASA supports more than 312,000 jobs across the United States, generating more than $64.3 billion in total economic output (Fiscal Year 2019).

At its 20 centers and facilities across the country – and the only National Laboratory in space – NASA studies Earth, including its climate, our Sun, and our solar system and beyond. We conduct research, testing, and development to advance aeronautics, including electric propulsion and supersonic flight. We develop and fund space technologies that will enable future exploration and benefit life on Earth.


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