Welcome to Growing Beyond Earth ®

Congratulations and welcome to Growing Beyond Earth® (GBE) Research Team! Since 2016, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has partnered with scientists as NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to advance their research on growing plants in space. Since the program’s inception, student findings have influenced plant selection and harvesting techniques implemented in NASA’s vegetable production system, Veggie, aboard the International Space Station. 

By participating in GBE, your students will:

  • collect and contribute important data that NASA plant scientists will use to determine the best crops to grow in space
  • work directly with plant scientists at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • develop and conduct original experiments to address the many challenges of growing plants in space
  • analyze data and communicate results with NASA scientists, researchers, and administrators during the Virtual Student Research Symposium
  • collaborate with students nationwide
  • chat with astro-botanists nationwide

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will provide all the materials, instructions, and resources you need to be successful in this project. Each month, we invite you to join a conversation with the GBE Team in Open Office Hours and directly with NASA scientists during Chat with a Scientist events. Our team will keep you informed of updates and upcoming opportunities via our newsletter.

For participating schools: To order T-shirts and more for your school click here !

This website is based upon work supported by NASA Grant No. NNH21ZDA001N-SciAct. 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.