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NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On The Moon

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Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2013 11:57 PM by AlexMuller

A small team at NASA’s Ames Research Center has set out to “boldly grow where no man has grown before” – and they’re doing it with the help of thousands of children, a robot, and a few specially customized GoPro cameras.

 
In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon. If they are successful, it will be the first time humans have ever brought life to another planetary body. Along the way, they will make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of biology, agriculture, and life on other worlds. And though they may fail, the way they are going about their mission presents a fascinating case study of an innovative model for public-private collaboration that may very well change space entrepreneurship.
 
The Lunar Plant Growth Habitat team, a group of NASA scientists, contractors, students and volunteers, is finally bringing to life an idea that has been discussed and debated for decades. They will try to grow arabidopsis, basil, sunflowers, and turnips in coffee-can-sized aluminum cylinders that will serve as plant habitats. But these are no ordinary containers – they’re packed to the brim with cameras, sensors, and electronics that will allow the team to receive image broadcasts of the plants as they grow. These habitats will have to be able to successfully regulate their own temperature, water intake, and power supply in order to brave the harsh lunar climate.
 
However, it won’t just be NASA scientists who are watching the results closely – the success of this experiment will require the assistance of schools and citizen scientists.
 
In a brilliant mix of creativity and frugality, NASA will send schools their own set of habitats so they can grow the same plants that are being sent to the Moon. The reasons for this are two fold. First, every experiment needs a control, and instead of spending the money to duplicate the experiment multiple times, they can crowdsource it. By collecting the data from thousands of experiments, they can gain valuable insights in an entirely new way. Second, it allows children to be part of the moment – to not just watch from afar, but to gain experience and knowledge by actively participating.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-11-26
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Another good day for crowd sourcing and involvement of public in big, important projects. Great project for NASA and education Reply
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This is not just about the moon and space. Simply knowing how plants deal with stress on the moon can tell us a lot about how they deal with stress here on Earth Reply
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He appears regularly on the "PBS NewsHour, such expenditures could reveal a pattern in which Thompson appears to have wielded vast influence for years over the Districts political processCropp and Mara denied any knowledge of the payments as Gray has done regarding the alleged secret effort to help him in 2010 The other candidates either couldnt be reached or through attorneys declined to commentThat keeps the focus of a21/2-year investigation into political corruption in the District for now on ThompsonProsecutors appear to be methodically building a case against Thompson who was for years one of the Districts largest contractors and who court records suggest is the subject of a grand jury investigationAn individual matching Thompsons description has been mentioned on numerous occasions in court documents as allegedly funding the "shadow campaign" for Gray (D) as well as made with his own money but disclosed as coming from employees and other associatesWhile declining to comment on any particular allegations of wrongdoing Bill Miller a spokesman for the US attorneys office issued a statement Friday that said: "It is clear from our offices public corruption prosecutions over the past several years that we will not excuse criminal activity as business as usual We plan to continue vigorously investigating and prosecuting crimes that deprive DC voters of the fair and transparent elections that they deserve"Most recently Thompson secretly paid for T-shirts campaign signs and field workers in 2011 to help return Orange to office the individuals asserted In that campaign Orange relied on some of the same players implicated in the parallel campaign for Gray the prior year or grabbing a quick bite to eat in between two of those things. and youll have a great time. DCFilter opened on a tucked-away street in Dupont Circle in 2010 with a slightly subterranean feel, brick walls and flashes of burnt-orange decor. not definably of any one origin. they both went on to become presidents of the United States.And Knorr pointed out that sometimes, Part of Harper’s appeal as a rookie was the way he applied constant pressure to the other team. If he stops doing that he will still be a great player — let us not overlook his 144 OPS+ at age TWENTY He just won’t be the same player“Bryce is one of those guys that plays hard just like everybody else” Ryan Zimmerman said “There’s a big difference between playing hard and – not playing too hard but playing over-hard is one way to put it You don’t need to be on second base when you pop it up to the second baseman It’s impossible to do that for 162 games But when you ground out you should run hard I’m not saying that he didn’t or anything like that Bryce plays the game hard and he always has as long as I’ve been here I don’t really think anyone has a problem with it But at this level you get paid a lot of money to play baseball and if you ground out or you fly out you should run the ball out That’s the way I’ve always been taught and that’s the way I’m always going to play”The Nationals’ loss last night should not be placed at Harper’s shuffling feet They managed three hits off Dillon Gee in the first seven innings Start there Ryan Zimmerman could have held on to the throw that led to the Mets’ insurance It’s good to be bold but it’s also necessary to know limitations Zimmerman post-surgery simply isn’t making that playMany have blamed Harper for swinging at the 3-0 pitch but it doesn’t seem like taking that pitch would have made a difference Rice’s fastball caught the inside corner and if Harper was looking down-and-in it may have represented the Nationals’ best chance to score Reply
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