In this episode of #AskAbby, we are so excited to have special guests join Astronaut Abby to discuss how plants will be cultivated on Mars!
Learn how to plant your Tomatosphere™ seeds.
Does exposure to space affect the germination rate of tomato seeds? Through Tomatosphere™'s seed investigation, students can find out!
Learn how to care for your Tomatosphere™ plant!
Learn how to transplant your Tomatosphere™ plant!
Although we often hear Mars is quite similar to Earth, it's also radically different. These differences will provide some serious challenges for landing a human mission there and sustaining life, challenges which are covered among these facts on Mars.(9:14 min.)
People have always dreamed of exploring the universe and colonizing other planets. In the vastness of space, Mars, sometimes called 'The Red Planet', seemed like the closest planet to Earth, orbiting the sun, that could potentially sustain life and humans. But what is Mars actually like? Is it really that similar to Earth? Get ready to travel through space as we compare Earth to Mars and see how they stack up against each other.
This animation looks at a basic physical comparison of the Earth with our closest neighbor, Mars. (2:48 min.)
Learn the basics about Paper and Thin Layer Chromatography. What is Chromatography and why is it done?
Learn about types of plant tropism - phototropism, geotropism and thigmotropism.
Discover the hormones that dictate whether a plant grows downwards with gravity, towards water and nutrients, or upwards towards light.
Is is possible to produce food to eat and air to breathe while in space? The short answer: it's not easy, but it can be done.
This video describes how vertical farming works to provide the needs of growing plants. The pros and cons of vertical farming are also highlighted.
This video by It's Okay to be Smart, describes the effects of the space environment on the human body.
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui on board the International Space Station shows Paxi what it's like to prepare and eat food in weightlessness on the ISS.