Thesis proposal presentation by Josh Nelson on Nov. 7th
Space Studies master’s student, Josh Nelson, will give his thesis proposal presentation as follows. Please show your support by attending.
When: Monday, November 7th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Plant Transpiration Issues in Reduced Pressure Greenhouses
Greenhouses have long been considered an essential component of long term human space exploration. In order to operate a greenhouse efficiently in open space or on the Moon, Mars, or Asteroids, the atmospheric pressure would be held at less than Earth atmospheric (102 kPa). This lower atmospheric pressure while beneficial from an engineering standpoint, produces a host of benefits and problems that are not well understood. The proposed research study will experimentally test mathematical models and predictions on the effect of low atmospheric pressures on plants. These results will be compared to past experiments at Kennedy Space Center and Texas A&M University.
In conclusion the study will propose possible operational limitations on reduced atmospheric pressures for space greenhouses.