Plant­ing Sea­son on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion

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It’s plant­ing sea­son on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, as crew mem­bers in­stalled hard­ware to grow another crop of vegeta­bles in space.

NASA as­tro­naut Joe Acaba pre­pared the Veg­gie fa­cil­ity for three dif­fer­ent kinds of let­tuce seeds as part of the VEG-03-D in­ves­ti­ga­tion. This is the first time seeds from mul­ti­ple kinds of plants are be­ing grown in the fa­cil­ity all at the same time. Un­der­stand­ing how plants re­spond to mi­cro­grav­ity is an im­por­tant step for fu­ture long-du­ra­tion space mis­sions, which will re­quire crew mem­bers to grow their own food. Crew mem­bers on the sta­tion have pre­vi­ously grown let­tuce and flow­ers in the fa­cil­ity. This new se­ries of the study ex­pands on pre­vi­ous val­i­da­tion tests.

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