Flower Grown on the ISS

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 19:14

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has announced that the first-ever bunch of zinnia flowers has blossomed on board the International Space Station on Jan. 16, 2016.

According to Live Mint, US astronaut and the space station's commander Scott Kelly, tweeted a photo of one of the orange flowers, and wrote, “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut! #SpaceFlower #zinnia #YearInSpace.”

First ever flower grown in space makes its debut! #SpaceFlower #zinnia #YearInSpace pic.twitter.com/2uGYvwtLKr

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 16, 2016

Based on previous reports, Kelly’s newly-bloomed zinnias were not the first flowers grown in space. Astronaut Don Pettit took it upon himself to grow a few different types of plants on board the station in what NASA labeled as a "personal biology experiment." He suceeded in cultivating zucchinis, broccoli sprouts and a sunflower.

Alexandra Whitmire, deputy element scientist for the Behavioral Health and Performance (BHP) element in the Nasa Human Research Program (HRP) explained that: “Plants can indeed enhance long duration missions in isolated, confined and extreme environments that are artificial and deprived of nature.”

“While not all crew members may enjoy taking care of plants, for many, having this option is beneficial,” He finally added.

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