Finally: Weed Goes to Space

Finally: Weed Goes to Space

In today’s let’s-send-seemingly-random-shit-to-space news, here’s 95 cannabis seeds, one cannabis clone, and one fat joint getting lifted 19 miles above the Earth aboard a weather balloon. Because weed in space. The puns are inescapable, but nevertheless, this is the first time the devil’s cabbage has gotten this high. 

Or is it? Dale Chamberlain, a former NASA botanist who’s building automated, off-the-shelf, low-footprint grow boxes for the everystoner, may tell you otherwise. Having spent a good chunk of the ’90s on a research team that built zero-gravity plant grow chambers that flew a number of missions on the Shuttle Endeavour–and that would later link up with the International Space Station–Chamberlain knows a thing or two about interplanetary agriculture.  (One of the strains Chamberlain recently showed us in his home grow? A sativa-dominant hybrid that he calls International Space Station.) With a wink and a nod he told me that he’ll “let the rumor float” as to whether or not he and others involved in designing NASA’s Plant Generic Processing Apparatus slyly snuck a few pot seeds into orbit in their day.

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We can only wonder. Catch Chamberlain talking about those heady days in part two of High Country, Motherboard’s new doc on the America’s tech-enabled cannabis industry.

Reach Brian at brian@motherboard.tv. @thebanderson

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