American Society of Civil Engineers

Plant Growth Experiments in Johnson Space Center’s Advanced Life Support System Program

by John E. Gruener, (Hernandez Engineering Inc., 17625 El Camino Real, Houston, Texas, 77058), Douglas W. Ming, (NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 77058), Daniel J. Barta, (NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 77058), and Donald L. Henninger, (NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 77058)
Section: CELSS (Controlled Ecological Life Support System), pp. 1090-1094, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space V
Abstract: Higher plants will be an important component of regenerative life support systems using biological and physicochemical elements. As part of NASA’s Advanced Life Support Program, the Johnson Space Center (JSC) is conducting plant growth experiments and building facilities to demonstrate life support technologies. A synthetic soil developed at JSC, termed zeoponics, and two facilities, the Early Human Testing Initiative (EHTI) Facility and the Human-Rated Test Facility (HRTF) will provide valuable data in the ultimate design of life support systems for the Moon and Mars.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Space life support systems
Space exploration
Space stations
Space colonies