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How two video meetings, two online purchases, and a kitchen counter led to what could be "one small step" for future astronauts to grow food on the Moon.

Preparing Pepper Plants For Space

Jason Fischer (left), a research scientist, and Lashelle Spencer, a plant scientist, with the Laboratory Support Services and Operations contract at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, harvest peppers from pepper plants on Jan. 15, 2020.

Growing Lettuce In Space

Astronauts in space live on processed, pre-packaged space rations such as fruits, nuts, chocolate, shrimp cocktails, peanut butter, chicken, and beef to name a few.

Organ-Chips as a Platform for Studying Effects of Space on Human Enteric Physiology (Gut on Chip) examines the effect of microgravity and other space-related stress factors on biotechnology company Emulate's human innervated Intestine-Chip (hiIC).

Producing Human Tissue In Space

On 6 March at 11:50 PM EST, the International Space Station resupply mission Space X CRS-20 took off from Cape Canaveral (USA). On board: 250 test tubes from the University of Zurich containing adult human stem cells.

Preparing For Peppers In Outer Space

Jason Fischer (left), a research scientist, and Lashelle Spencer, a plant scientist, with the Laboratory Support Services and Operations contract at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, harvest peppers from pepper plants on Jan. 15, 2020.

Developing Tomatoes To Grow In Space

Lashelle Spencer, plant scientist with the Laboratory Support Services and Operations (LASSO) contract at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, takes measurements on 'Red Robin' dwarf tomato plants, Jan. 10, 2019.

Mizuna mustard greens are growing aboard the International Space Station to demonstrate the feasibility of space agriculture to provide fresh food for crews on deep space missions.

Preparing To Grow Plants In Space

Jess Bunchek, an associate scientist at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, observes plant cultivars inside the Veggie growth chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility prior to harvesting them on Sept. 30, 2019, for a science verification test (SVT).

An international collaboration led by scientists mainly at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) , Japan, has found that bone and muscle mass are regulated by the altered gravity.

Doing Genomics Research In Orbit

NASA astronaut Nick Hague works on the Genes In Space-6 experiment.

An Orbital Genetic Workbench

NASA astronaut Nick Hague of Expedition 59 sequences DNA samples for a study exploring how increased exposure to space radiation impacts crew health.

NASA is preparing to send astronauts on journeys that will include longer stretches in microgravity - to the Moon and onward to Mars.

Preparing Plants For Space

Jess Bunchek, a veggie plant scientist and pseudonaut, harvests mizuna mustard inside the Veggie harvest chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Researchers at the TSU Siberian Botanical Garden (SibBG), the Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS (IHCE), and Tomsk Polytechnic University have implemented an interdisciplinary project to study the optimal parameters of UV radiation for pre-seed treatment and photosynthetically active radiation for growing economically valuable plants.

Growing Food In Space

Fresh food is so attractive to astronauts that they toasted with salad when they were able to cultivate a few lettuce heads on the International Space Station three years ago.

Biology Research On ISS

The outside of the International Space Station is a harsh environment but scientists are taking advantage of the extreme conditions to conduct advanced space research.

For decades, airtight plastic containers have been synonymous with keeping baked goods and leftovers fresh. Now a manufacturer of iconic, household plasticware is helping provide fresh food in space.

Tomato plants are growing under red and blue LED lights in a growth chamber inside a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

When plants on Earth search for nutrients and water, what drives their direction? Very simply, gravitational force helps them find the easiest path to the substances they need to grow and thrive. What happens if gravity is no longer part of the equation?

Putting Down Roots in Space

Plants grow just about everywhere on Earth, and are able to adapt to extreme conditions ranging from drought to disease.

Cells In Space

Laboratories on Earth hardly make the news, unless they come up with life-saving cures. So why would anyone care about a lab in space?

How Does Your Space Garden Grow?

Early Friday morning, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were busy at work, harvesting three varieties of leafy greens from the Veggie growth chamber and installing the next generation of plant research - the high-tech Advanced Plant Habitat.

Flatworms that spent five weeks aboard the International Space Station are helping researchers led by Tufts University scientists to study how an absence of normal gravity and geomagnetic fields can have anatomical, behavioral, and bacteriological consequences

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars

The International Potato Center (CIP) launched a series of experiments to discover if potatoes can grow under Mars atmospheric conditions and thereby prove they are also able to grow in extreme climates on Earth.

VEGGIE: Growing Lettuce in Space

Thomas Pesquet I don't have a green thumb, but I know someone who does! Peggy was growing lettuce in Columbus for the VEGGIE experiment.

Bone Loss Research in Space

Astronauts know their bodies will be tested during time spent on the International Space Station, from the 15 daily sunrises and sunsets wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms to the lack of gravity that weakens bone density and muscle.

Thora Halstead, Space Biologist

Space Biologist Thora Halstead has left the planet.

QUT scientists have discovered the gene that will open the door for space-based food production.

Astronauts floating weightlessly in the International Space Station may appear carefree, but years of research have shown that microgravity causes changes to the human body.

The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm -- Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) -- could help it to live longer. The discovery was made by an international group of scientists studying the loss of bone and muscle mass experienced by astronauts after extended flights in space.