Astronauts grow a flower in space

On January 16, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a picture of the fist flower to ever be grown in space. The flower was an orange Zinnia, a edible plant, according to CBS News.

Last November the flower was planted on the International Space Station’s Veggie Chamber. After only two weeks NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren noticed the plants were suffering from the high humidity and low air flow. But all efforts to fix these problems were postponed to December because of a unplanned space walk. Again on Christmas Eve  Kelly reported that fans were drying out the plants and thought they needed more water, despite the fact that the next watering was planned for December 27. And he tweeted a photo of the troubled plants with the comment, “Our plants aren’t looking too good. Would be a problem on Mars. I’m going to have to channel my inner Mark Watney.”

NASA mission page informed people that the veggie team created “The  Zinnia Care Guide for the On-Orbit Gardener.”  Giving advice for planting Zinnia in space.

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