Can We Grow Crops In Space?

Nov 28, 2014 | written by:


This research project, funded by the EU is designed to demonstrate how food plants can be grown in space and how this can possibly provide space travelers with food and oxygen.

The project is set for 10 years and is named Time Scale and will be lead in Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. The research team is planning on planting tomatoes, lettuce and soybeans.

This is not the first time that this research has been implemented in Trondheim. In 2006, experiments were carried out on the International Space Station (ISS) involving the growth of a flower weed called Arabidopsis thaliana.

Ann-Iren Kittang Jost, the research chief of the project explained that one of the biggest challenges of the crop growth is administering the right amount of water and nutrients to the plants in such little gravity.

Researchers believe that by 2050, a self sustaining ecosystem can be fully functional in space. Imagine travelers eating in a self sustaining manner thousands and thousands of miles away from Earth!


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