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UK: Micro-gravity Gardening

UK: Micro-gravity Gardening

Britain is known as a nation of gardeners, so it seems appropriate that the first flower in space was coaxed into bloom by Major Tim Peake. The UK’s first official astronaut has been looking after zinnia seedlings planted by NASA’s Scott Kelly as part a project known as The VEG-01 Investigation, which aims to see what crops can be grown in micro-gravity. Scott tweeted a photograph of the plants looking bedraggled, with curled, mouldy leaves. But a few weeks in Tim’s care seems to have helped them to perk up. The zinnias are being grown in the Veggie facility alongside a number of other plant species. The plants are grown on special pillows, and Tim has been varying the amounts of water to see how it affects growth. Whatever he has changed, it appears to have done the trick. The crew want to try tomato plants next. (Source: telegraph.co.uk)