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As humans explore space, they will need to grow their own food. Can you design a system that could be used by astronauts on the moon to grow plants?
Engineering design is a creative planning process that leads to useful products and systems. In the future, as space missions become longer, plant growth will be vital to space exploration. This activity combines engineering design with plant growth whereby middle school students learn about and apply the design process to develop a lunar plant growth chamber. The criteria and constraints for this system are based on the unique conditions of the lunar environment and the current transportation technologies available. The current focus of NASA is reviewed, as well as new systems being developed for future missions. The science of the lunar environment and basic plant needs are presented.
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