Check out Eric’s latest column for Science Not Fiction, in which he ponders the possibilities of plant-based intergalactic life support. Pretentious short-story writers and teeny tiny wheat plants collide!
The use of plants to recycle air and provide food for long term space trips is one of science fiction’s favorite tropes. It makes so much sense, right?….In the 1990s, NASA’s Advanced Life Support division conducted a series of experiments at the Johnson Space Center to see if they could make the system work on a much smaller scale.
You might also enjoy his take on getting a head in cryogenics.
A little research reveals that it’s basic economics: Head-only freezing can cost as little as $80,000, far better than the $150,000 whole-body freezing costs, based on the pricing at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a real life cold-storage non-profit.