On January 16, astronaut Scott Kelly posted a tweet from the International Space Station that their ongoing experiment in growing plants in space had resulted in a success: a zinnia showed off its first blossom. This is one step of many in helping astronauts and scientists learn how to grow fresh food in space. While there’s a great variety in space food, much of it is freeze dried or needs water added to it before it can be eaten.
As scientists look into the future of space travel, in which astronauts might visit Mars, the necessity of providing fresh food for those space travelers becomes more crucial. For your next research paper in agriculture or astronomy, consider taking a look at the importance of gardening in space. Read more