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Astronauts Grow First Flower Outside Earth

Astronauts Grow First Flower Outside Earth

| On 21, Jan 2016

A flower have successfully bloomed outside earth, Discovery News reported.

A Zinnia just bloomed its first flower in a space station despite of poor health last December. Hopes were first thought lost after molds started to form on its leaves.

“First flower ever grown in space makes its debut,” said US astronaut Scott Kelly via his Twitter account.

The Project Veggie by NASA is aimed in growing edible plants for astronaut consumption for longer projects.

“The farther and longer humans go away from Earth, the greater the need to be able to grow plants for food, atmosphere recycling and psychological benefits,” said Dr. Gioia Massa team leader for NASA’s Veggie.

“My hopes are that Veggie will eventually enable the crew to regularly grow and consume fresh vegetables,” Massa added.

Zinnia is a plant coming from the family of Daisy. It’s abundant in the grassland of Southwestern to South of United States and will usually bloom flowers in the Summer. Many of its breed provides edible flowers just what like the astronauts grew.


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