PONDS Helps Space Plants Take Root

PONDS Helps Space Plants Take Root
The PONDS technology from Tupperware could soon see astronauts enjoying salads in space.

Among the myriad challenges of growing foods in space, the hydroponic pillows used in place of soil do not hold water well.

To help overcome that issue, NASA and Techshot have teamed with the plastics experts Tupperware to create the PONDS (Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System). This system is made up of a plastic mesh pillow that relies on capillary forces and “unusual geometries” to contain the water while also allowing roots to grow.

Thumbnail: The Veggie facility on the ISS

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