Take a look at research life aboard the International Space Station and Expedition 55, via the first 8K ultra-high-definition video.
The project features an in‑space plant growing project, funded by a $2.3 million NASA initiative, and led from earth by Norman G. Lewis, a Regents professor at WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, specializing in molecular plant sciences.
The international space partnership video features astronauts A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold, Alexander Gerst, and Serena Auñón‑Chancellor. For astronaut bios see the following NASA website.
Astronauts need to be able to grow plants for food and oxygen in order to conduct long-term space missions to other planets. To make this possible, scientists first need to develop a greater understanding of how plants will adapt to the harsh and weightless environment of outer space.
Harvested plants are being be sent back to Earth, where WSU researchers and other scientists analyze how microgravity conditions have affected their growth and development.