Space Stations

Testing Out A New Plant Habitat For Space

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
August 7, 2017
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Testing Out A New Plant Habitat For Space
Advanced Plant Habitat

Inside a laboratory in the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, LED plant growth lights are being checked out on the hardware for the Advanced Plant Habitat flight unit.
The flight unit is an exact replica of the APH that was delivered to the International Space Station. Validation tests and post-delivery checkout was performed to prepare for space station in-orbit APH activities. The flight unit will be moved to the International Space Station Environmental Simulator to begin an experiment verification test for the science that will fly on the first mission, PH-01.

Developed by NASA and ORBITEC of Madison, Wisconsin, the APH is the largest plant chamber built for the agency. It is a fully automated plant growth facility that will be used to conduct bioscience research on the space station. Photo credit: NASA/Cory Huston

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