Astronaut Scott Kelly: ‘First Ever Flower Grown In Space Makes Its Debut!’
By Space Coast Daily // January 18, 2016
zinnia flowers blooming in space
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a photo of a zinnia flower, and said: “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut!
When Kelly tweeted a picture of moldy leaves on the current crop of zinnia flowers aboard the International Space Station, it could have looked like the science was doomed.
In fact, science was blooming stronger than ever. What may seem like a failure in systems is actually an exceptional opportunity for scientists back on Earth to better understand how plants grow in microgravity, and for astronauts to practice doing what they’ll be tasked with on a deep space mission: autonomous gardening.
“While the plants haven’t grown perfectly,” said Dr. Gioia Massa, NASA science team lead for Veggie, “I think we have gained a lot from this, and we are learning both more about plants and fluids and also how better to operate between ground and station. Regardless of final flowering outcome we will have gained a lot.”
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