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Radishes in Space

Karl Hasenstein researching with NASA to determine if other plants could grow in spaceNASA recently awarded Dr. Karl Hasenstein a $573,000 grant to assess the effects of space flight on the growth and metabolism of the radish, a nutritious little vegetable.

His experiment will take place aboard the International Space Station, 240 miles above Earth’s surface. The long-term goal is to determine whether radishes and other plants can live on Mars – and beyond.

Read more in Could radishes thrive on the Red Planet from the Fall 2017 issue of La Louisiane.

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