Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The first flowers bloom in Space

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Is it possible that there is life in outer space?

The question that underlies a variety of research in space was missed when US astronaut Scott Kelly, upload photos blooming flowers of orange zinnia plants to his Instagram, Saturday (01/16/2016).

Orange flowers that bloom in the successful International Space Station (ISS).

Previously, the type of vegetable lettuce successfully grown in space. Party National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said, orange zinnia been more difficult to grow than lettuce.

Kelly joint mission carried Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Korniyenko, is researching the impact of long-term living in space. The study was to see if there are opportunities in space gardening.

Hopefully, it can also be done on Mars. Orange zinnia planted with methods made Veggie NAS program running since 2014.

Plants that grow from "pillows" filled with fertilizer, seeds, water, and clay-illuminated LED lights (light emitting diode). (CSMONITOR.COM/ISW)

Print version of this article appeared in Kompas daily edition of January 19th, 2016, on page 14 under the title "Looking Science and Technology".