Hydroponic Plant Box

Hydroponics, growing plants without soil, would be very effective in spacecrafts because it requires less space and plants grow faster and stronger. This container tackles the challenge of containing water in a microgravity environment while still allowing plants to grow roots in it. The lid is removable to put a seed in the center hole. On the side of the container is a cover (green) which can be removed to open a hole. Astronauts can use a pipette to insert water. The water goes into the area between the red cone and larger yellow cover. The surface of the red cone is much closer to the yellow cover towards the top of the cone than the bottom. Due to capillary action, the inserted water will flow towards the top of the cone where the seed is. As the seed grows, its roots will surround the red cone in the water. There are ventilation holes level with the seed and in the lid to allow proper airflow. Multiple containers can be connected with the side inserts (blue).

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