Food for Space Travel

Students working on NASA project

Students in the Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering (FABE) Department are trying to solve a big problem for space travel – how to grow fresh food in zero gravity.  NASA challenges college students annually to find solutions to challenges posed by long space missions, and OSU has received grants to work on this project for the last several years.  A FABE team is taking a plant substrate (plant growing matter) and seeing if the substrate can grow new plants after running it through a composter.  A FABE student team experiments on how to grow food in space.