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EXPERIMENT INFORMATION

Veggie hardware validation test (Veg-01) (KSC00XX02)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Plant biology
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Lactuca sativa Species: Outredgeous lettuce
Scientific Name: Zinnia hybrida Species: Profusion Zinnia

Description
OBJECTIVE:

The Veg-01 hardware validation test investigation utilizes the Veggie facility on ISS. This investigation will assess on-orbit function and performance of the Veggie, and focus on the growth and development of ‘Outredgeous’ Lettuce (Lactuca sativa ) seedlings in the spaceflight environment and the effects of the spaceflight environment on composition of microbial flora on the Veggie-grown plants and the Veggie facility. Lettuce plants are harvested on-orbit, frozen at <-80oC and returned to the ground for post-flight evaluation. Microbial sampling swabs will be taken of the Veggie facility and plant material, frozen and returned to the ground for environmental microbiological examination. Rooting pillows and water sample syringes will also be returned for microbial sampling and root analysis.


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Publications
A low equivalent system mass plant growth unit for space exploration [DOI]

A deployable salad crop production system for Lunar habitats [DOI]

The effect of plant cultivar, growth media, harvest method and post harvest treatment on the microbiology of edible crops [DOI]

Operational evaluation of VEGGIE food production system in the habitat demonstration unit [DOI]

Data Information
Data Availability
Archiving in Progress. Some data exist for this experiment.
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
SpaceX_3 04/18/2014 05/18/2014 30 days
SpaceX_8 04/08/2016 05/11/2016 33 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Kennedy Space Center LSDA Level 3
Project Manager: Martha Del Alto
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Date
06/15/2012
Proposal Source