Why Scientists Study Plants in Space
A scientist holds a wheat plant in a lab

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

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-12


This NASA video segment describes how the study of plants affects space exploration of the future. Viewers learn that explorers will use plants in future missions for food, to recycle their air supply, and to provide aesthetic value on board the International Space Station. An agronomist on the space station plant research team explains how researchers are trying to find a way to simplify, yet maximize the growing of plants in space.

Why Scientists Study Plants in Space
Duration: 1 minute 47 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:
How Plants Grow in Space: The Effects of Gravity and Light
Tropisms of Plants in Space and on Earth
Evaluating Experimental Treatment: Controls of Plants Growing in Space
Discussion Points About Growing Plants in Space