Browse Publications Technical Papers 2006-01-2213
2006-07-17

Optimization of Extraterrestrial Plant Biology Research Through the Use of Standardized Plant Cultivation and Analysis Technologies 2006-01-2213

The space flight environment presents a number of unique conditions which may be used to expand our understanding and enhanced utilization of various plant biology processes on Earth and in Space. While a significant level of research has been conducted using a range of plant species and space flight plant growth and research facilities, the use of a single standardized system may now prove to be a more effective investigative paradigm. Recent constraints in both launch opportunities and the availability of in-flight resources on the Shuttle and International Space Station has already focused the need for facilities that are more efficient and compact in design. Based on these various interests and the limited availability of funding, there is a compelling argument to promote the establishment of a single, compact and standardized facility, which is gravity independent and can support research equally on Earth, the Moon, Mars and beyond. In addition to efficiencies in technical implementation and operation, a standardized facility will optimize the quality of comparative analysis and maximize the systematic evaluation of space environmental parameters.

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