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What happens if you grow a plant in space?

What happens if you grow a plant in space?

Plants can metabolize carbon dioxide in the air to produce valuable oxygen, and can help control cabin humidity. Growing plants in space may provide a psychological benefit to human spaceflight crews.

Is it possible to grow plants in space?

The Vegetable Production System, known as Veggie, is a space garden residing on the space station. To date, Veggie has successfully grown a variety of plants, including three types of lettuce, Chinese cabbage, mizuna mustard, red Russian kale and zinnia flowers.

What are the benefits of growing plants in space?

Plants use carbon dioxide (CO2, produced by astronauts) and produce oxygen (O2, consumed by astronauts) through the process of photosynthesis. They also remove chemical pollutants from the air. Plants would improve the air quality inside spacecraft.

Can you grow food on the moon?

The results show that plants are able to germinate and grow on both Martian and moon soil simulant for a period of 50 days without any addition of nutrients. Our results show that in principle it is possible to grow crops and other plant species in Martian and Lunar soil simulants.

Could we plant trees on the moon?

How are plants in space supposed to grow?

Each plant grows in a “pillow” filled with a clay-based growth media and fertilizer. The pillows are important to help distribute water, nutrients and air in a healthy balance around the roots. Otherwise, the roots would either drown in water or be engulfed by air because of the way fluids in space tend to form bubbles.

How does a plant die if it goes into space?

Gases just leave our bodies and we swell a little as our blood evaporates due to the lack of pressure (not that this is a much better way to die). If a plant goes into space, it dies. The water from its body (especially its leaves) evaporates and just leaves the wilted body behind.

What happens to tomatoes and flowers in space?

Tomatoes and flowers are not plants, but parts of them. Contrary to popular belief, they wouldn’t “freeze”. Freezing required cold temperatures which requires matter, of which there is none in a vacuum. Hope this helps. And please don’t send plants to space to die. They d… Loading… Well, first of all, we don’t “burst” per say.

What happens if plants are planted too close together?

Nutrient Deficiencies. When plants grow with proper spacing, air can move freely between the plants, stems and foliage, which dries out the leaves and prevents fungal infections. Plants grow stronger, which also minimizes the impact of pest and disease occurrences in the garden.