Technology is constantly evolving and with each new advancement, we can do things that were previously thought impossible. Every sunrise brings something new to this world. This time it is NASA that has surprised and captivated the entire world with something never seen before. No, we are not talking about a new rocket, a space vehicle or any scientific equipment; We are talking about a flower.
For the first time in human history, a flower has bloomed in space.
Recently, NASA shared an image on Instagram. The photo is a close-up of Orange Zinnia, the first flower to be grown in space. Our planet Earth can also be seen behind the full bloom of the flower. This flower growth is part of the VEG-01 experiment. This study analyzed the in-orbit operation and performance of the Veggie facility, focusing on the growth and development of seedlings in space, as well as the composition of the microbial flora of the plants and the facility. Zinnias were grown for 60 days and produced flowers for this experiment.
NASA shares that “this zinnia was grown in orbit as part of the Veggie facility aboard the International Space Station. Scientists have been studying plants in space since the 1970s, but this particular experiment was started on the International Space Station in 2015 by NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren. “Our space garden isn’t just for show: learning how plants develop in orbit will help us understand how to grow crops outside of Earth, providing a valuable source of fresh food on long-term missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.”
Astronauts have also grown tomatoes, lettuce and some other vegetables on the International Space Station (ISS).
The vast, vast, billion-year-old universe is unexplored. With technological and scientific advances, we can discover some pretty fascinating and mind-blowing things. As our world continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see what we discover next.
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