Asian Herb in Space in 2016 (Asian Herb in Space in 2016) - 07.05.17

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Microgravity affects the growth of plants, and understanding the nature of these changes is important for future missions that will rely on plants for food. Asian Herb in Space in 2016 studies fast-growing plants used for traditional medicine and flavoring food, and examines differences in their aroma that may result from microgravity-related cellular changes. This investigation benefits future plant growth efforts in space, and provides new information on the formation of aroma compounds in common herbs.
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The following content was provided by Fumiaki Tanigaki, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Fumiaki Tanigaki, JAXA, Ibaraki, Japan

Mohd Helmy Hashim, Malaysia Space Agency (ANGKASA), Putrajaya, Malaysia

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Research Benefits
Earth Benefits, Scientific Discovery, Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2016 - September 2016

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The Asian Herb in Space in 2016 investigation looks at the differences in the change in aromatic components, by comparing herbs grown under gravity, with herbs grown under microgravity conditions.
  • The investigation looks at the formation of stem and leaves on the Herb plants.
  • Asian Herb in Space in 2016 is expected to open up new possibilities in the control of the formation process and aromatic components of herbs in space.

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Space Applications
Crew members on future space missions will have to grow plants for food. Asian Herb in Space in 2016 provides new information on how certain plants grow in microgravity, improving efforts to cultivate fast-growing, hardy plants in space.

Earth Applications
Asian Herb in Space in 2016 improves the understanding of how plants grow efficiently, and develop aroma rich leaves, by using a hydroponic growth system with Light Emitting Diode (LED) light.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols

  • Growth of herb plant on orbit to better understand the mechanism of the formation of aromatic components (about four weeks).
  • Observation by crew of changes in herb plant, and evaluation of analysis methods at the cellular level in the growth process (video and still imagery taken by crew).
  • Observation of the characteristics of the herb plant aroma components, and comparison of the characteristics to herb plants grown on Earth.
  • It is required that the Plant Chambers are stowed in the Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) at -95°C on the last day of the experiment.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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