How Plants Grow in Space: The Effects of Gravity and Light
A photo of a student superimposed on a close-up of a leaf with water droplets

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-12


This NASA video segment explores how scientists study the growth of plant seeds on the space shuttle. Watch as astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery prepare the seeds and then compare their results with those grown on Earth. Observe how the astronauts use special care to control variables in an effort to make accurate comparisons.

How Plants Grow in Space: The Effects of Gravity and Light
Duration: 1 minute, 23 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Liftoff to Learning: Plants in Space DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE   →.

Other video learning clips in this series:
Tropisms of Plants in Space and on Earth
Why Scientists Study Plants in Space
Evaluating Experimental Treatment: Controls of Plants Growing in Space
Discussion Points About Growing Plants in Space