A New Garden on the International Space Station

ESA Greenhouse
ESA Greenhouse for ISS
Image Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) is sending a new greenhouse experiment to the International Space Station (ISS).

Previously, NSSPhoenix blogged about the current vegetable garden on the ISS. Mizuna lettuce being the latest crop harvested (June 2010).

The Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be conducting the greenhouse experiments in mid February 2011, and expects schoolchildren between 12 and 14 years old from across Europe to follow along with their own greenhouses. The kits can be ordered from ESA.

Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) is the subject of the experiments. Paolo on the ISS and the young scientists on the ground will follow the growth cycle of their flowering plants for about 10 weeks.

Images of the life cycle on board the ISS will be posted on the MagISStra website. Participating children can compare their results with the Space Station results.


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