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Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System (ARC00XX183)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Plant biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Lycoperscion esculentum Species: Tomato
Scientific Name: Tokyo bekana Species: Chinese cabbage

Description
OBJECTIVE:
We propose growing salad plants in the Veggie unit during spaceflight, focusing on the impact of light quality and fertilizer formulation on crop morphology, edible biomass yield, microbial food safety, organoleptic acceptability, nutritional value, and behavioral health benefits of the fresh produce. Phase A of the project would involve flight tests using leafy greens. Phase B would focus on dwarf tomato. Our work will help define light colors, levels, and horticultural best practices to achieve high yields of safe, nutritious leafy greens and tomatoes to supplement a space diet of prepackaged food. Our final deliverable will be the development of growth protocols for these crops in a spaceflight vegetable production system.


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Data Information
Data Availability
Archiving in progress. Data is not yet available for this experiment.

Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
Expedition 57 10/04/2018 In progress
Expedition 58 Future mission
Expedition 59 Future mission
Expedition 60 Future mission
Expedition 61 Future mission
SpaceX_14 04/02/2018 05/05/2018 33 days
SpaceX_15 06/29/2018 In progress

Human Research Program (HRP) Human Research Roadmap (HRR) Information
Crew health and performance is critical to successful human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The Human Research Program (HRP) investigates and mitigates the highest risks to human health and performance, providing essential countermeasures and technologies for human space exploration. Risks include physiological and performance effects from hazards such as radiation, altered gravity, and hostile environments, as well as unique challenges in medical support, human factors, and behavioral health support. The HRP utilizes an Integrated Research Plan (IRP) to identify the approach and research activities planned to address these risks, which are assigned to specific Elements within the program. The Human Research Roadmap is the web-based tool for communicating the IRP content.

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Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Kennedy Space Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Helen Stewart
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Alternate Experiment Name
VEG4
Proposal Date
09/01/2015
Proposal Source
2013-14 HERO NNJ13ZSA002N