Space Station Research reveals Moon’s influence

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The effect on plants of the gravitational pull of the moon, just like ocean tides, is starting to be revealed by research at Bristol University and on the International Space Station (ISS).

Data from plants on the International Space Station shows they changed to follow a 90 minute cycle rather than their 24 hour one on Earth. This is because the ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes, so its position relative to the moon is changing on a faster cycle.

Peter Barlow of the University of Bristol also looked at data recorded from the 1920s onwards on the leaf movement of beans and other plants and matched these with computer estimates of the gravitational influence of the moon at the time and location of these experiments.

Read the full New Scientist article here.

Photo: NASA.