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Robotic Gardeners & the Future of Food in Deep Space

November 29, 2019


  • Reply Tyler de Jong December 6, 2014 at 2:35 am

    What I dont get is how that chick expects that thing to move around in zero gravity with those wheels.  A rover can move around in mars but it aint gonna be able to freely get around on wheels like that with no gravity.

  • Reply Mike Van Veenendaal December 8, 2014 at 7:25 am

    ohhh yeah smart pot that shit aint for lettuce home girl

  • Reply Mighty Gorge December 8, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    yeah they have nothing better to do up there then babysit a tomato plant

  • Reply Ian Nebbiolo December 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    54 people don't eat their greens.

  • Reply Hank Waffles December 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Automated Hydroponics, nothing new here

  • Reply Hamburg Helper December 17, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I can't even believe some of what I'm seeing in this comment section. We are on the verge of one of the most fundamentally important transitions in the history of known life, becoming an extra-planetary species, and people here are utterly baffled as to why we'd need to be looking into how to feed people in space? Can't you see that the lessons to learn from making Mars or any other space rock livable could vastly improve the productivity and prosperity of life back on Earth?

    Just think about the potential benefits of increasing human access to space: the engineering solutions, the scientific knowledge, & the vast resource/economic opportunities. Increased access to space will be a new frontier where efficiency, conservation, cooperation, and ingenuity are a matter of survival. Don't you think the Earth could use some lessons in these matters?

  • Reply B-rad December 17, 2014 at 7:38 am


  • Reply Laughing Man December 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Good luck surviving out in space where pretty much everything can kill you when we as a species are failing to maintain a planet we were evolved to flourish in.

  • Reply ENDRPHN December 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

    fock space. we still have just enough time to save this planet. fuck the other ones off and fuck wasting money on pointless exploration when we could feed the starving and start using green energy…. morons

  • Reply YesBacon December 19, 2014 at 3:40 am

    It's a nice concept but the model she's made looks extremely heavy and doesn't need to be that big, each gram adds to the costs massively when taking something up into space. Needs a lot of optimisation.

  • Reply James Brown December 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    What an ugly bitch. Maybe remove all of that filthy makeup and try again

  • Reply Thrill Mill December 28, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Why are we using ML to measure water on the ISS? Further evidence of the NWO.

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  • Reply January 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    this makes sense to me; i don't get u guys. like yeah we could all eat fuckn soylent in space for weeks on end, but that fuckn just sucks. if we have the technology to provide creature comforts like this, why not? creates jobs, anyway

  • Reply maysen wood January 3, 2015 at 4:37 am

    its a good idea for earth but how does the robot stay on the floor to drive in space? there's no gravity 

  • Reply tsuich00i January 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Why is it so fashionable these days to speak of this planet in the past tense? The going gets rough and all of the sudden it's time to jump ship and pack our things to ruin the lifeless wastes of space? This world is one in a million- it's not one of those things we can discard at a whim and expect to find something just as good. More importantly, the genetic history our species, tracing back eons, lies hidden within the animals that walk the earth today, and fossil record of their, and our ancestors deep down. If your even willing to entertain the notion that there is some meaning to life, the answer is in all likelihood here, not in the dark, empty abyss. 

    Instead of running from our problems why don't we try solving them for a change. 

  • Reply †▲VooDoo▲† January 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    This is brilliant , Plus these guys are clearly trying to grow weed in space 

  • Reply mikeissweet January 15, 2015 at 1:47 am

    Interstellar was lame as hell. And I was looking forward to that shit too

  • Reply Doubler- gaming January 18, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    This is awesome now cow farms in space to reduce green house gases

  • Reply BIll Geo January 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    A fresh strawberry… dipped in chocolate! Also… space weed!!! LOL!!!

  • Reply Justin Taylor January 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

    It's scripted. Wonder what she really thinks

  • Reply Randy Baker January 28, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I don't mean to poop in your plasma, Heather but it seems to me that the best thing to do to sustain life in space would be to brew a nice bready whole beverage like beer first and then worry about solid food like strawberries secondarily.  The beer buzz will keep you sane and chill and the nutrients in the brew will keep you alive longer than most anything else on earth save for whole milk.  Hell you can even harvest the alcohol as a fuel source.  Next up I'll pontificate on farming crickets in zero gravity and give you a nice recipe for cricket flour pancakes. 

  • Reply YW L January 31, 2015 at 10:11 am

    How the fuck you expect them to cook meals in no gravity?

  • Reply Timo Graw February 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    So how exactly does this work in zero gravity?

  • Reply IsinXx February 9, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Space Weed

  • Reply FarmerHolt February 9, 2015 at 1:17 am

    floating in space smoking a joint grown by yourself 

  • Reply Ian G February 23, 2015 at 4:16 am

    You could probably grow some space age weed in that thing. 

  • Reply xXMeecrobXx March 7, 2015 at 12:57 am

    How should the robot work without gravity? it can't drive around in space… or do you wanna create a spaceship with artificial gravity to opperate it?

  • Reply AllegedlySpiffy March 31, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Do you guys think humans will completely fuck up the planet and leave to live somewhere else, OR do you think they'll fix the problems we have here first THEN venture into outer space?

  • Reply Bash Buddha April 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    how much water is needed for the plants for example a trip to mars

  • Reply Nicholas Brown April 24, 2015 at 1:21 am

    lots of problems – watering in space? lmao okay!  – size and space of that robot rover – too big it's easier and faster to just train someone to work with the plants personally – energy – it takes more energy than it outputs… the smart move is to grow marijuana in illegal zones via a robot and lots of security protocols – cant arrest a robot LOL – she's hot but wow she needs to work on her makeup :'))

  • Reply SirGromit May 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Probably a great PhD study, lots of automatisation and controlling. But the whole "gardening in space story"? A bit unrealistic. Why load a robot, probably heavier than a human, into a rocket to do some gardening? And if astronauts are happier when they take care of plants, why replace them with robots?

  • Reply D G May 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Imagine getting high in space

  • Reply Huga Buga May 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    i would smoke weed in space

  • Reply mr bad example May 27, 2015 at 3:48 am

    don't take any CO2 into space! LOL fucking idiots!

  • Reply joe biden June 23, 2015 at 4:47 am

    How come nobody ever builds like microwave jet engine solar space planes with microwave jets engines?

  • Reply John Mureen July 2, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Yessss "SilentRunning" =]~

  • Reply donkeyshot August 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    so astronauts are vegetarians? or are they supposed to grow their veggies and eat canned meat? they should think about getting this to the next level: raising livestock, rabbits or the like, and having to prepare these for food (yes: it's butchering the bunny or me hungry). talking about stress release, THAT would be the whole experience! not only astronauts happily growing some lettuce.

  • Reply Infinite Beings August 22, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Can I get  smart pot to grow my own food? Where could someone buy something like this?

  • Reply Chandra Iyer September 3, 2015 at 3:15 am

    i prefer floating in space and eating a fresh taco bell

  • Reply Marxzy123 September 4, 2015 at 8:33 am

    i am really curious on how the astronauts poop on space or pee

  • Reply Shane Connor September 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    the next step about evolution is not what she says that's not true or a good idea at all. the next step for the human race is to have robots fulfill simple or tedious tasks referring to our basic needs. once they have capability of controlling that for us, we humans can dedicate more time to whatever we want. ( after that happens then we can adapt to space, let's not get ahead ourselves ma'am.)

  • Reply Air-Jerome September 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    LOL it seems clearly they are unaware of several issues occuring on space travel missions: all their systems (roger on WHEELS – plant pot recycling water in the below water reservoir…) are ok on earth with GRAVITY 🙂

  • Reply DanKlordFOURTWENTY 28GsFG October 1, 2015 at 6:12 am

    every day im more glad i didnt waste money on college.

  • Reply ibi nyth October 27, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Conclusion: None of this is realistic and has been a complete waste of time thus far

  • Reply Deacon Lucas November 1, 2015 at 12:40 am

    i thought NASA was using areoponics up there already

  • Reply Lindsay Kay December 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Ouch – my ears.

  • Reply Lunatic With A License December 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    "Eating is the most fundamental, basic thing after breathing". Uhhh I think people die of dehydration faster than starvation lol.

  • Reply Midwest Bowfishing February 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Damn… too bad she is working for NASA, they fake everything including landing on the moon because it is impossible even with todays technology to get past the Van Allen belts. Whats even more sickening is that NASA created a umbilical tube that was created to direct these belts away from earth so they could put more satellites in space, but they didn't care to think of the side effects like less protection from the radiation of the sun causing changes in the global climate. (Proof can simply be found by searching youtube) NASA 'accidentally' drains the van allen belts

  • Reply hooktenpushups February 8, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    this is dumb, and needs to be re-thought thoroughly, how about a chamber vs a pod

  • Reply blair ladds February 11, 2016 at 3:28 am

    have you tried t grow plants in microgravity they tried it but it's hard to water them

  • Reply khricket February 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    so basically she made a greenhouse with drip irrigation… how creative.

  • Reply Killer Bee February 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Lol! "A space walk ON Mars." What? Wouldn't that be 'A walk on Mars' or something along the lines. You are inside of Mars and a space walk requires you to be in orbit/in outer space or am I missing something?

  • Reply Bloodmilk February 23, 2016 at 7:15 am

    She may be a Phd student but i cant take her serious with the blue and pink makeup >.>

  • Reply JesseMusicc February 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Sounds and looks utterly stupid.

  • Reply James Liu March 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    All that makeup tho.

  • Reply Jfreek5050 March 7, 2016 at 8:24 am


  • Reply davonizdashit March 11, 2016 at 2:02 am

    This is cool

  • Reply Yeng Vue March 11, 2016 at 4:34 am

    The robot is render useless, it'll be floating.

  • Reply Gandalf Picard May 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    man, can't wait to grow some space weed!

  • Reply Alex X June 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm


  • Reply schlaznger July 9, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Jalapeno's in space…That sound's like the worst idea out of all bad ideas!

  • Reply FeunFooPermacultureKrabi September 6, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Does the women in the beginning even know what the word "natural" means?

  • Reply Plutoid September 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Can you grow weed in it?

  • Reply Kyan Ysh October 13, 2016 at 1:51 am

    "Floating in space and eating a fresh straw berry I can't really think of anything better that that " I can it's eating a fresh strawberry covered in chocolate in space

  • Reply Kyan Ysh October 13, 2016 at 2:01 am

    40% of the comments " it's cool but can you grow weed in it ? "

  • Reply thismaineliving November 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I would ask for my money back. It is clear that they lack the very basics on so many levels. From lack of gravity which plants need to grow properly, to overly complicating simple solutions, to down right errors made with lighting wavelengths. I don't care that is is a "prototype". Prototypes are to show proof of concept, not to show ascetics. Where are the controls? Where are the studies they conducted? What research did they do or source? None is the answer. An utter joke.

  • Reply SS Kim November 12, 2016 at 5:38 am

    I'm pretty sure NASA has plans for greenhouses that are light and more suitable for space that can keep alive more plants in a given space.

    What she invented here is poor engineering.
    Heavy metal pots that can only hold one plant.
    A mini robot to "take care of the plants" why?

  • Reply Oasis outerspace December 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    wow asshole comments

  • Reply tlh1981 December 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Trump is president and we're already living the future! MAGA.

  • Reply Christopher Stube January 5, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Very insightful for maintaining little living things in a machine environment with artificial atmospheres. I think that i will not consider Mars to be a habitable planet until we can grow trees there.

  • Reply Andreas Roosevelt Aspås Laugesen January 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    it's all very interesting, but what about low pressure. because plants react differently to the pressure, some of course becomes better by it but some might not grow very well in it.

  • Reply Sim Won January 31, 2017 at 6:31 am

    even super smart people talk with a question mark at the end of every sentence?

  • Reply Boris Bagryanskiy March 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Damn that makeup is really unnatural

  • Reply 1% lowfat milk March 31, 2017 at 2:44 am

    K, I know this video is over 2 years old, but I think the idea is ridiculous. It's not scalable. You can't have individual "smart pots" for every single plant you want to grow. If you want to make food production in space self-sustainable, you need to be able to produce a lot of food very quickly in as little space as possible. This project doesn't do anything close to that and it's not a step in that direction either. The clear intention of the project is to have a little pod to grow a single plant that you can move around with a robot. And the robot is even more ludicrous! Why on Earth(/space;) would you need an autonomous, mobile robot (that won't even work in microgravity) to do "care tasks"?? What!? An astronaut cannot be on a spacewalk for SEVERAL DAYS! He's at least going to need to eat some of the food that you're growing insanely inefficiently. This is not a proof of concept project, it appears to be intended as a final product with all the time they've put into the nonfunctional aspects. If you want to make a realistic space farm you're going to need to develop high-density, automated, aeroponic systems. There's a lot of work to be done there! As it stands, aeroponic/hydroponic vertical farms are very limited in what plants are efficient to grow. Work on that! I can't believe that their project got funded to be tested in Antarctica! Huh? Did no one listen to the proposal? The only redeeming thing I can find about this whole concept is that maybe they developed better sensors and ways to monitor plant health that WILL be scalable. And maybe it would be worthwhile to investigate how caring for plants affects psychological conditions in isolated environments (if that hasn't already been done). I'm sure I'm missing some of the nuances of the project and all I'm getting is the woman in the video's perspective, but from what I can see this idea seems fundamentally flawed.

  • Reply Paul Maher August 11, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    It just dawned on me that if a greenhouse was positively pressurized that it could be run as a standard electronics manufacturing clean room and could be well adapted to vertical farming completely free of insecticides.
    The technology that this young woman is sharing should be shared with the commercial world.
    I assume that she is with NASA, WOW, you could power the whole thing with #LENR. NASA, get with it!

  • Reply Knowledge Will Increase October 30, 2017 at 7:31 am

    food in deep space. haha right, there is no space

  • Reply rascalferret November 1, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Are you gonna bring usury to Mars?

  • Reply Rafael Nádasi November 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    get rid of audio compression. noone likes that

  • Reply Zach Fox 狐智 December 7, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Go Boulder!!

  • Reply notiv December 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Juan 9000. 2001– A Space Gardener

  • Reply Tr1ckySureShot December 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Haha, this is the definition of scum. Enjoy your bs. I'll die happy on earth. Gg.

  • Reply Tr1ckySureShot December 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

    How does a human interact with plants? Are you kidding me? Are you stupid? You have a PhD? Haha what a joke

  • Reply Innocently Insane January 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Pretty cool plant machine, and great technology. but how does the system contain the water so it doesnt float away. were talking about zero gravity here. water sprays the roots. awsome, but in zero gravity, I dont believe the water will free flow back to the container to be pumped back.

  • Reply BTDarters Channel January 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Nice video!! Great information! I hope they're working on a SPOT that can grow plants in a gravity-free environment. I bet today's astronauts would love that!!

  • Reply Vinay Kumar February 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

    How to grow weed in space 😎

  • Reply Gautam Iyer March 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    This is such a stupid idea on so many levels

  • Reply Little Cooking Tips - Blog March 29, 2018 at 8:31 am

    So, any news on that? What happened with the Antarctica experiment?

  • Reply Squirrel April 7, 2018 at 12:32 am

    mmm space cakes

  • Reply Muhammad Fanriado April 9, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Highly educated people

  • Reply Red Butterfly May 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Your eye shaddow is not well blended.. That color is good for nightclubbing and not for interview. Very disturbing

  • Reply james P July 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Stop wasting tax payers money with idiotic research and put it into real research with real life applications.

  • Reply skyson b pei July 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Water is the 2nd after breathing

  • Reply KingsNationCO KingsNationCo September 25, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Not buying it,

  • Reply yb s October 1, 2018 at 10:24 am


  • Reply NOAH BRADSHAW October 11, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Dont forget WE did this to our selfs might as well pay the price.

  • Reply LIAM FLANEGAN October 11, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    The bald guy sounds like Baldi

  • Reply AR极乐世界 April 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    5:24 real deal 🥗❤️🤖️
    7:19 hallelujah

  • Reply All things To do May 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    0:36 "I can't think of anything better than that" well maybe you can help your "society" to stop crime, misery and poverty (just three examples) and then go to space gardening.

  • Reply pasoundman September 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Since there is no deep space exploration, this seems to be an answer in search of a problem !

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