CRSS is excited to work with the V3PO student team Maria, Raphael and David from Edith Stein Agricultural High School in Ravensburg. The students want to find out if vegetables can be grown in space to provide fresh food during space missions.

Their project called “V3PO” ( Vegetative Propagation of Plants in Orbit) is the first crown-funded German school project that has been accepted into the NASA Educational Program.

In February, the three students will travel to the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) to prepare their experiment to the ISS.
They will prepare two tiny, custom-designed micro-boxes, each housing Ficus pumila cuttings. The cuttings will be observed by NASA astronauts in space for 30 days before returning to earth.

In parallel, a control experiment will take place on earth observed by the students.