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Farming in Space Video Clips

from the BioBlast CD

"BioBLAST" CD Video clips

*Plant Production*

Cheryl Mackowiak - "Crop Selection"

What factors are considered when selecting crops for use in a plant-based life-support system? Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak, a horticulturalist at Kennedy Space Center, tells us.

Cheryl Mackowiak - "Hydroponic Growing Trays" and "Hydroponic Growing Trays 2" (intro to 2 is not necessary)

Dr. Cheryl Mackowiak, a horticulturalist at Kennedy Space Center, shows the hydroponic growing trays that are used in their biomass production chamber, and explains how they work.

Gary Stutte - "Factors Affect Photosynthesis"

There are a number of factors that can affect the rate of photosynthesis in plants. Dr. Gary Stutte, a plant physiologist at Kennedy Space Center, has been investigating what these factors are.

Tom Dreschal - "Hydroponics in Space"

Will crops grown in space use soil or hydroponics systems? Dr. Tom Dreschel, a science education coordinator at Kennedy Space Center, discusses the pros and cons of each.

Tom Dreschal - "Salads in a BLiSS"

Dr. Tom Dreschel, a science education coordinator at Kennedy Space Center, discusses why future inhabitants of a BLiSS will be eating lots of salads.

Ray Wheeler - "Photosynthesis and Respiration"

In a closed system humans and plants depend on each other. Dr. Ray Wheeler, a plant physiologist at Kennedy Space Center, explains the relation between photosynthesis and respiration.

Greg Goins - "Plants as CO2 Scrubbers"

Dr. Gregory Goins, a plant physiologist at Kennedy Space Center, explains how carbon dioxide is removed from the air in a bioregenerative life-support system.

["Angie" is a BioBLAST narrator/character who supplies students with orientation information]

Angie - "What is Photosynthesis"

Angie answers the question, What is photosynthesis?

Angie - "Don't plants need soil?"

Angie answers the question, Don't plants need soil to live?

Angie - "What is Biomass?"

Angie answers the question, What exactly is biomass?

Angie - "What is Inedible Biomass?"

Angie answers the question, What is inedible biomass?

Angie - "What is BLiSS?"

Angie answers the question, What is BLiSS?

*Human Requirements* Videos

Karen Myers - "LMLSTP Test Objectives"

Dr. Karen Meyers, a systems engineer at Johnson Space Center, describes the objectives of each phase of the testing of advanced life-support systems.

Karen Myers - "Bioplex Testing"

Dr. Karen Meyers, a systems engineer at Johnson Space Center, discusses BioPLEX, a large-scale facility for future tests of life-support systems designed for use in long-duration space flights.

*General Interest* Videos

Angie - "What is a closed system?"

Angie answers the question, What is a closed system?

Angie - "Is Earth a closed sytem?"

Angie answers the question, Is the earth a closed system?

BioBLAST CD Photo:

LMLSTP 1 Wheat

LMLSTP Phase I Test was performed in August of 1995. The purpose was to obtain engineering and scientific data to demonstrate the ability of a crop of wheat to provide air revitalization for a human test subject for a 15-day period. The test also characterized crop growth and test bed performance of wheat, from seed to harvest, in the closed, controlled atmosphere of the growth chamber section of the Variable Pressure Growth Chamber, VPGC, using hydroponics and high-intensity light. The test chamber was divided into two sections, the plant growth chamber (shown below to the right), and the airlock, which was used as the human habitation chamber.

"Experts in Science" CD under the question, "How is your research related to BLiSS development?"

Greg Goins - Describes his experiments with the crop, Super Dwarf Wheat

Gregory D. Goins

Research Scientist

Advanced Life Support & Space Biology Program

Dynamac Corp.

Kennedy Space Center

Russ Fortson - On BioPLEX - should follow intro by Karen Myers above

Russ Fortson, P.E.

Project Manager

BIO-Plex

Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services Co.

Johnson Space Center

Don Henniger - Talks about NASA's Advanced Life Support program

Donald L. Henninger

Chief Scientist & Deputy Program Manager

Advanced Life Support Program

NASA Johnson Space Center

Gary Stutte - Describes the effects of environmental factors on plant growth

Gary Stutte

Plant Physiology Lead

Advanced Life Support & Space Biology Program

Dynamac Corp.

Kennedy Space Center

Ray Wheeler - Describes which crops to grow for space flight

Ray Wheeler

Plant Physiologist

Biological Program

Biomedical Office

NASA Kennedy Space Center

Cheryl Atkinson - Discusses the benefits and processes involved in recycling in a closed system

Cheryl Atkinson

Microbial Ecologist

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Scientist

Advanced Life Support & Space Biology Program

Kennedy Space Center

"Experts in Science" CD under the question, "What research questions are you currently investigating?"

Greg Goins - Discusses his experiments with light, energy, and plants

Gregory D. Goins

Research Scientist

Advanced Life Support & Space Biology Program

Dynamac Corp.

Kennedy Space Center

Marybeth Edeen - Talks about getting plants to respond faster to produce O2

Ms. Marybeth Edeen

Advanced Life Support Systems Engineer, Life Support and Thermal Systems Branch

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Johnson Space Center

Tam Ngo - Describes automated (robotic) sensors in the NASA plant chamber

Ms. Tam Ngo

Computer Engineer, Automation, Robotics, and Simulation Division (AR&SD)

NASA Johnson Space Center

JSC Advanced Life Support Web site: http://ADVLIFESUPPORT.JSC.NASA.GOV/

LMLSTP Plant/Human Test EHTI1 - and other NASA Johnson Space Center Advanced Life Support Pages

 
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