International Space Station

Experiencing Space Tourism

Many of us dream of exploring space but few of us will ever have this opportunity. Space tourism however has opened the possibility for citizens to join astronauts at the International Space Station. Greg Olsen who celebrates the 13th anniversary of his almost 10 day space exploration joins Hari Sreenivasan now to discuss being the […]

SciTech Now Episode 521

In this episode of SciTech Now, studying brain patterns; the third space tourist; relationship between local plants and climate change; and the latest medical techniques to rescuing injured turtles.

Lighting the International Space Station

Astronauts at the International Space Station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets a day. To combat chronic insomnia, NASA has installed special lightbulbs. Now, these bulbs are available to consumers. Fred Maxik, founder of the Lighting Science Group joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss lighting science.

Harvesting plants in space

For humans to travel to the moon and Mars, they’ll need to bring a lowly weed. Just as actor Matt Damon attempts to survive on Mars in the movie The Martian by cultivating plants in unfavorable conditions, real life astronauts interested in colonizing Mars may also need to understand how to grow plants in extreme […]

SciTech Now Episode 201

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists determine the viability of plant life in space via an experiment aboard the International Space Station; Rod Breslau on the growing popularity of eSports; John Howell of the Univesity of Rochester on the science behind invisibility; and a New Jersey water treatment plant is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by turning waste into energy.

Space Station

Two of the key components to achieving long term space travel will be a renewable food source and a steady supply of oxygen, both of which can be created by plants. So the question is, can plants grow in space? Thanks to a recent experiment performed in the international space station, there may be an answer.