NEW EPISODE OF BRANCH OUT: PLANTS IN SPACE

 

Grab your spacesuit, pop on your headphones and get ready to lift off with a NASA astronaut and other experts to explore plants in space.

 

Longer space missions and sustaining human life on other planets depends on space horticulture. So, in 2008 Dr Peter Cuneo and other scientists from the Australian PlantBank gave NASA astronaut Dr Gregory Chamitoff seeds from some iconic Australian species to take to the International Space Station for a microgravity experiment. Find out what happened!

 

Along the way Greg will also share some incredible stories about what it takes to be an astronaut and live in space. You’ll also hear from Dr Yosephine Gumulya, a biotechnologist from CSIRO who is researching ways to genetically engineer microbes to mine minerals from asteroids.

 

Listen to the episode on the web or on your Apple or Android podcast app. Don’t forget to subscribe and feel free to retweet my twitter post here or create your own social media posts.

 

Vanessa Fuchs

Science Communicator + Podcast Presenter & Producer

Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands

M 0438 892 594

E vanessa.fuchs@bgcp.nsw.gov.au

Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000