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Home NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.) NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.)

NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.)

NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.)

NASA air purification technology, originally designed for plant-growing experiments on the space station, has been licensed and turned into a consumer device that keeps household air cleaner and healthier. (Akida Holdings Inc.)

Orbital Technologies partnered with Kennedy Space Center to create a plant growth system known as Veggie, now used on the International Space Station. The system employs LEDs, which are highly efficient and long-lasting and radiate hardly any heat. (Orbital Technologies/NASA)
A leaf sensor developed to increase the efficiency of farming on long-duration space missions is now used by farmers to conserve on water use by only irrigating when crops need it. The sensor works by measuring leaf thickness and text messaging farmers when plants are “thirsty.” (AgriHouse Brands Ltd./NASA)