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NASA Reveals The Picture Of The First Flower Grown In Space
Source: Scott Kelly
Published: Jan 18, 2016

For the first time ever, a flower has bloomed in space, aboard the International Space Station. This brings cosmic explorers one step closer to growing other flowering plants in space, like tomatoes, which NASA says it hopes to do in 2018.

Source: Scott Kelly
Source: Scott Kelly

Revealed today by U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, who is currently completing the first full year in space, the flower is an edible zinnia – which can be used in salads.

The flowers were grown inside the Veggie lab aboard ISS which was installed in early May 2014. While the ISS crew had previously raised two crops of romaine lettuce and arugula, the zinnias were the first flowering plants grown in space.

Source: Scott Kelly
Source: Scott Kelly

“Plants can indeed enhance long-duration missions in isolated, confined and extreme environments – environments that are artificial and deprived of nature,” Alexandra Whitmire, of the NASA Human Research Programme, said.