Tomato plants belong to the plant group known as flowering plants or angiosperms. Flowers are important for reproduction and the production of seeds.
Because the ISS is dependent on Earth for its full life support needs, it is an open system. Scientists are working on creating a closed system using machinery and programs to recycle and reuse matter to maintain a supply of air, water, and food independent from Earth.
Eating is one of life’s great pleasures, even when orbiting 400 kilometres above the surface of the Earth. Learn how NASA is feeding today’s astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and see how they plan to feed tomorrow’s astronauts on a mission to Mars.
This YouTube video, by a teacher, explains the purpose of a hypothesis and how to construct one.
This YouTube video, from It’s Okay to Be Smart (PBS), explains the difference between the terms fact, theory, hypothesis and law in science.
This YouTube video, from teacher Courtney Mann, has information about creating well-defined, testable questions.
Join Paxi on his journey to the Red Planet to investigate if Martians exist, and learn about the European Space Agency's ExoMars missions. (4:53 min.)
In this European Space Agency's video, follow Paxi on his journey to Mars, where he will explore the planet's dry river beds, volcano, and polar ice caps. (5:06 min.)
Join Paxi on a journey through our Solar System, from the rocky inner planets close to the Sun, past the giant planets to the freezing edge, the home of comets. (5:18 min.)
Astronaut Scott Kelly has posted images of the first ever flower grown in space. (1:05 min.)
Chris Hadfield demonstrates how spinach is rehydrated in preparation for a meal on the ISS. (1:20 min.)
Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne discuss the different types of foods available on the ISS during their 2009 mission. (5:07 min.)
In this video Paul Andersen explains how matter moves from the environment into living organisms and back into the environment. Food webs are used to show how matter and energy move through organisms. Ecological pyramids show that matter and energy are lost as they move from producers to consumers.
A song about photosynthesis. (1:58 min.)
High Definition time lapse of three tomato plants sprouting and growing. The days listed in the bottom left corner of the screen are days since planting. The text in the bottom right indicates when the plants were watered. (1:13 min.)