Plant roots grow in different directions in space, just as they do on Earth.
NASA's Kennedy Space Center uses in-house expertise to develop a habitat to study the effects of long-duration microgravity on plants in space.
Astronauts can grow vegetables in the VEGGIE system on the space station.
Barbara Morgan carries millions of basil seeds to space and returns with millions more.
Three million cinnamon basil seeds were placed in containers, and flown in space from August 2006 until August 2007. Read the summary of MISSE-3
and -4, and view images of the trays where the seeds were stored.
See other educational opportunities associated with the STS-118 mission and the flight of the first Educator Astronaut.
A photo gallery of images follows astronaut Clay Anderson's experiment to grow basil plants on the International Space Station.
Watch as astronauts on space shuttle mission STS-118 explain plant growth chambers that they are delivering to the International Space Station so crewmembers can grow plants in space.
Students test out their own ideas as part of NASA's Engineering Design Challenge to create a lunar plant growth chamber.› Read and Comment
At the detention facility where he teaches, Daniel Loewen is using NASA projects to help students get their lives back on track.› Read and Comment
Students are helping NASA research ways that astronauts might grow plants on the moon.
The 10 million basil seeds that flew in space have moved one step closer to the classroom.