Saturday, July 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Astronauts grow first ever flower in space


Posted on Monday, 18 January, 2016 | Comment icon 9 comments

The flower was grown by astronauts on the space station. Image Credit: NASA / Scott Kelly
The botanical breakthrough was revealed by astronaut Scott Kelly on his Twitter account at the weekend.
Growing things in zero-gravity can be a difficult task, but now following months of experimentation the vegetable garden aboard the International Space Station has produced the first ever flower grown in space - an edible species called orange zinnia.

The achievement is significant because it offers the possibility of growing enough food to sustain a future manned mission to Mars where supplies from Earth would be severely limited.


In addition to the practical benefits, behavioral psychologists believe that growing plants can also provide a substantial psychological boost for astronauts during long space voyages.

"While not all crew members may enjoy taking care of plants, for many, having this option is beneficial," said NASA scientist Alexandra Whitmire.

"Plants can indeed enhance long duration missions in isolated, confined and extreme environments - environments that are artificial and deprived of nature."

Source: News.com.au | Comments (9)

Tags: Flower, ISS


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin on 18 January, 2016, 19:01
Outstanding!! I guess I did not know that this wasn't done before. So, congratulations!
Comment icon #2 Posted by davros of skaro on 18 January, 2016, 19:04
I would have assumed they grew a Potato before at least. Good news.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Eldorado on 18 January, 2016, 20:06
Bravo. Well done, pilgrims!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Aitrui on 19 January, 2016, 1:47
My favourite colour too! Yay!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Astra. on 19 January, 2016, 3:12
Wow - that's pretty amazing - good for them
Comment icon #6 Posted by Astra. on 19 January, 2016, 3:14
My favourite colour too! Yay! Yep - it's a very pretty colour.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rashore on 19 January, 2016, 3:50
Well if they would have just let the lettuce bolt instead of eating it all, they could have had flowers sooner, lol. But this is still pretty darn neat, even if we don't know what cultivar of zinnia it is
Comment icon #8 Posted by schizoid78 on 23 January, 2016, 0:15
Wonder how radiation would effect plant considering all the talk about how we are lacking cosmic ray protection for humans. S
Comment icon #9 Posted by davros of skaro on 23 January, 2016, 8:22
Well if they would have just let the lettuce bolt instead of eating it all, they could have had flowers sooner, lol. But this is still pretty darn neat, even if we don't know what cultivar of zinnia it is Now I see the error in my post. First Flower...Duh!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5734247
260114
161505

 
How much would the Enterprise cost to run ?
7-30-2016
An engineering firm has attempted to calculate how much Captain Kirk's ship would actually cost to run.
Mammoth cloning attempt in 'initial stages'
7-30-2016
Russian and Korean scientists have made an important first step towards creating a live woolly mammoth.
Norway is planning to give Finland a mountain
7-30-2016
The summit of Mount Halti could be gifted to Finland to celebrate 100 years of independence from Russia.
Cheese discovered in 340-year-old shipwreck
7-29-2016
A container of foul-smelling cheese has been recovered from the site of a sunken 17th-century gunship.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Unboxing an $8000 robot
Posted 7-30-2016 | 1 comment
For the technology enthusiast who has everything - here's Nao the robot.
 
Can you crash something in to the sun ?
Posted 7-29-2016 | 0 comments
A look at the difficulties involved in sending a spacecraft to collide with the sun.
 
What if Lego figures were real ?
Posted 7-28-2016 | 4 comments
A bizarre look at a creepy Lego-inspired mask that turns you in to a life-sized Lego minifigure.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Light in Orion
7-23-2016 | Tampa, Florida
 
Girl with the broken neck
7-23-2016 | Mississippi
 
Holes in cotton clothing
7-23-2016 | Somerset, UK
 
Three knocks in the night
6-28-2016 | Cedar City, Utah
 
Mr Button and laurel leaves
6-28-2016 | Unknown
 
Knocking on the door
6-28-2016 | Virginia, United States
 
Not in our jurisdiction
5-2-2016 | California, United States
 
Zippers and headlights
5-2-2016 | Raleigh, United States
 
Spinning, voiceless and breathless
5-2-2016 | Garland, Texas
 
Paralyzed
4-15-2016 | United States
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ