Growing Beyond Earth®

Growing Beyond Earth® (GBE) is a classroom-based citizen science project operated in partnership with NASA, designed to advance NASA research on growing plants in space. It includes a series of plant experiments conducted by students in a Fairchild-designed plant habitat similar to the Vegetable Production System (Veggie) on the International Space Station. 

With experiments currently in progress in more than 300 middle and high schools from 42 states, GBE provides a steady stream of valuable data to NASA scientists who are developing technologies for growing food crops for long-duration missions into deep space. To check out the latest student research, visit us on Twitter @GrowBeyondEarth.

In its sixth year, more than  35,000 middle and high school students and their teachers nationwide have contributed hundreds of thousand data points and tested 150 varieties of edible plants for NASA.

Click HERE to Check out the Growing Beyond Earth 2022 Student Research Symposium Winners

Interested in having your school join the 2022-23 Research Team? 

 REGISTRATION for the 2022-23 Program Year Opens July 27, 2022, at 12:00 pm EDT. Please watch the
Information Session 
or contact

Are you already participating in Growing Beyond Earth? The 2022-2023 program information, including training dates and experiments, will be available in August.   Click here to see details from 2021-22. 

Are you a Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach teacher? Please visit the Fairchild Challenge home page.


This website is based upon work supported by NASA Grant No. 80NSSC22M0125. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.