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New NASA instrument to monitor plant water use from space

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 12:40 PM

NASA plans to install on the International Space Station (ISS) an instrument that will measure the temperature of plants from space, enabling researchers to determine plant water use and to study how drought conditions affect plant health. The instrument, called ECOSTRESS on Space Station, will hitch a ride to the space station on a SpaceX cargo resupply mission scheduled to launch on June 29.