Uploaded on March 21, 2017
Food for thought: Let's talk Tomatosphere™ with astronaut Thomas Pesquet
2017-03-21 - In this video about the Tomatosphere™ educational project, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet explains the importance of growing fresh fruits and vegetables in space to nourish future travelers embarking on long-duration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Tomatosphere™ is a blind study in which Canadian and American students in 20, 000 classrooms grow tomato plants stemming from seeds that either travelled to space or stayed on Earth—but the seeds’ history remain a mystery until the end.
Typically, the space-faring tomato seeds spend four weeks aboard the International Space Station.
Tomatosphere™ engages students in real scientific processes that teach and reinforce inquiry skills, while they explore concepts related to plants, space, careers, nutrition and agriculture.
Educators: sign up for Tomatosphere™ and join classrooms nationwide to contribute to the expansion of knowledge for long term space travel!
Tomatosphere™ is sponsored by HeinzSeed, Stokes Seeds, the University of Guelph, Let's Talk Science, First the Seed Foundation and the Canadian Space Agency.
(Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, ESA, Let's Talk Science)