Fluid dynamics on the International Space Station makes growing tomatoes difficult.
Astronauts love plants. In the sterile, mechanical International Space Station, spacefarers are so desperate for a hint of green that they will eagerly volunteer their free time to tend to the plant experiments onboard. But a new terrarium means they will have to spend very little mandatory time gardening — once it starts working properly, anyway.
NASA scientists have been collaborating with Techshot and Tupperware since 2017 to create the perfect container for cultivating greenery in space. The result is a low-maintenance, mini-nursery called the passive orbital nutrient delivery system, or PONDS…[READ MORE]