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Sensors Enable Plants to Text Message FarmersLong-term human spaceflight means long-term menu planning. Since every pound of cargo comes with a steep price tag, NASA has long researched technologies and techniques to allow astronauts to grow their own food, both on the journey and in some cases at their destination. Sustainable food technologies designed for space have resulted in spinoffs that improve the nutrition, safety, and durability of food on Earth. There are of course tradeoffs involved in making astronauts part-time farmers. Any time spent tending plants is time that can t be spent elsewhere: collecting data, exploring, performing routine maintenance, or sleeping. And as scarce as time is for astronauts, resources are even more limited. It is highly practical, therefore, to ensure that farming in space is as automated and precise as possible.
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Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2013
Publication Information
Publication: Spinoff 2012
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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