Purdue to grow plants in space

Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)
Purdue University (WLFI File Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Scientists should have a better idea about how to grow plants for food in space thanks to a Purdue-designed experiment that’s expected to head to space this week.

The experiment tests how plant cells of a fern respond in different levels of gravity, a force which plants use to help determine which direction sprouts and roots grow during germination.

The experiment will help determine the minimum amount of gravity needed for proper growth, which could be important for future long-term space missions.

It was due to launch Monday, but was scrubbed due to a helium leak.

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