24/7 Space News
SPACE TRAVEL
Artemis 3 to include Space Lab's LEAF Plant Science Experiment
illustration only
ADVERTISEMENT
     
Artemis 3 to include Space Lab's LEAF Plant Science Experiment
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 02, 2024

Space Lab has been selected to send its pioneering plant science experiment, LEAF, to the moon as part of NASA's Artemis III mission. This marks a significant milestone as Artemis III aims to return humans to the lunar surface for the first time in the 21st century.

The mission's focus is on deploying scientific instruments through the Artemis III Deployed Instruments (A3DI) initiative, targeting research that benefits from direct human involvement on the Moon. LEAF (Lunar Effects on Agricultural Flora) will explore the impact of the lunar environment on plant growth, crucial for future astronaut nutrition and life support systems.

The experiment, dubbed LEAF Beta, is designed to shield plants from harsh lunar conditions like extreme sunlight, space radiation, and vacuum, while monitoring their photosynthesis and stress responses. It will feature a controlled growth chamber for various plant species including Brassica rapa, Wolffia, and Arabidopsis thaliana. These findings, especially those from samples returned to Earth, will be instrumental in assessing how space conditions affect plant physiology at the molecular level.

Previously, the 2019 Chang'e 4 mission by China briefly studied a cotton sprout on the moon, but it ended prematurely due to equipment failure. LEAF aims to provide a comprehensive study on how lunar conditions affect plant life, enhancing our capability for long-term, sustainable agriculture beyond Earth. According to Space Lab Vice President Christine Escobar, this research is a critical step in utilizing space agriculture to support human crews, facilitating extended stays on the moon and future missions to Mars.

The LEAF project team comprises a blend of Space Lab's own experts and renowned scientists from various institutions, including NASA Kennedy Space Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, Purdue University, USDA, La Trobe University, and the University of Adelaide. Space Lab, located in Boulder, CO, focuses on creating technology that enables humans to live and work in space independently. "We consider ourselves space habitat outfitters, developing sustainable solutions for humanity's greatest journey," says Escobar.

Related Links
Space Lab
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters

RELATED CONTENT
The following news reports may link to other Space Media Network websites.
SPACE TRAVEL
Study brings scientists a step closer to successfully growing plants in space
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 14, 2024
New, highly stretchable sensors can monitor and transmit plant growth information without human intervention, report University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers in the journal Device. The polymer sensors are resilient to humidity and temperature, can stretch over 400% while remaining attached to a plant as it grows and send a wireless signal to a remote monitoring location, said chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Ying Diao, who led the study with plant biology professor and de ... read more

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
SPACE TRAVEL
Artemis 3 to include Space Lab's LEAF Plant Science Experiment

We have the watch: NASA Crew-9 visits Space Delta 4

US, Russian, Belarus ISS colleagues return to Earth

Kayhan Space welcomes Mark Mueller to spearhead government growth in space traffic management

SPACE TRAVEL
China continues to grow its remote-sensing fleet with Yaogan 42A launch

RS-25 engines certified for future Artemis missions after long testing program

SpaceX launches 23 Starlink satellites ahead of two weekend launches

DARPA awards Phase Four with contract for Very Low Earth Orbit Propulsion System

SPACE TRAVEL
Looking back at Hinman Col: Sols 4146-4147

An Intriguing Mess: Sols 4141-4143

Perseverance uncovers a watery past on Mars

Continuing up the Channel: Sols 4139-4140

SPACE TRAVEL
Shenzhou 17 astronauts complete China's first in-space repair job

Tiangong Space Station's Solar Wings Restored After Spacewalk Repair by Shenzhou XVII Team

BIT advances microbiological research on Chinese Space Station

Chang'e 6 and new rockets highlight China's packed 2024 space agenda

SPACE TRAVEL
Euroconsult Joins Forces with SpaceTec Partners to Launch Novaspace

A stellar role for ESA

Sidus Space Launches Commercial Mission Control Center Services

Iridium acquires Satelles, Unveils enhanced time and location solutions

SPACE TRAVEL
Mynaric Accelerates Space Communication with CONDOR Mk3 Production

Sierra Space unveils Eclipse satellite buses: Velocity, Horizon, and Titan

D-Orbit and Plan-S Forge Strategic Partnership for Satellite Deployment

SwRI advances space sustainability with new in-space refueling craft

SPACE TRAVEL
First 'glory' on hellish distant world

CHEOPS identifies phenomenal 'Glory' on distant exoplanet WASP-76b

Uncovering the thermal pathways to life's origins

Unlocking the secrets of Earth's underground ecosystems

SPACE TRAVEL
The PI's Perspective: Needles in the Cosmic Haystack

The Persistent Ices of Kuiper Belt Object 486958 Arrokoth

New study reveals potential "ice bombs" among Kuiper Belt Objects

Unlocking the Secrets of Eternal Ice in the Kuiper Belt

Subscribe Free To Our Daily Newsletters


ADVERTISEMENT



The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.