The First Ever Flower Grown In Space By NASA Astronaut
Good news for astronauts! Freeze-dried space food may soon be a thing of the
past thanks to astronaut Scott Kelly’s successful attempt to grow the first ever
flower in space.
Kelly is no stranger to space horticulture however. Last year he managed to grow
lettuce on board the International Space Station (ISS). Now he’s used his zero
gravity vegetable garden to grow Zinnias, a type of edible flower most commonly
found in salads. Given that astronauts are still largely dependent on
freeze-dried meals, such experiments could prove vital for future space missions
as renewable food would enable astronauts to broaden their scope of space
exploration. Providing they have enough fuel of course.
NASA now hopes to repeat their success by attempting to grow tomatoes in 2018.
Then all they need to do is to invent a salad dressing that won’t float around
when you try to pour it.