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Posted on 06 December 2010 by

Tomato Seeds from Outer Space

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space1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When I was an Agriculture Science Educator I had the great honor of growing tomato seeds that had been sent up with the Space Station.

What a great honor and experience it was for my students and myself.

No one really knew what being in a weightless environment would do as far as tomato plants and their fruit.

But my students and I were about to journey into uncharted gardening plots with our Space Station tomato seeds.

The experience and experiment that took place with students that cannot even see the stars was indescribable and one I will never forget. The project was not just testing tomatoes and the effects of weightlessness but also Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 29 May 2009 by

Space Tomato More Drought Tolerant

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spaceBy Vanessa Richins

It was a part of a science experiment to study plant growth in space.

While they didn’t last long – they died soon after germination – a new tomato showed that it was especially tolerant to drought.

A steady supply of water is important to tomatoes.

Problems like cracking and blossom-end rot can develop when most tomatoes are finally given water after a drought.

The space plants were contained in special chambers designed by BioServe Space Technologies, a non-profit NASA-sponsored research center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The chambers contained a solution of nutrients that would feed the plants as long as there was moisture present.

As MSNBC explains, “While the space experiment was Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17 September 2007 by

Space: The Final Frontier for Tomatoes

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By Michelle Fabio

Space: The Final Frontier for Tomatoes

Photo Credit: Earth by Stephen Thomas used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If space is truly the final frontier for tomatoes, they can cross that one off the to-do list.

Back in 1984, over 12 million tomato seeds from the George W. Park Seed Company in Greenwood, South Carolina were sent up into space on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

There they had a little space vacation on the Long Duration Expose Facility until they were collected by the crew of Columbia six years later.
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