Growing Radishes in Space


The International Space Station is working on a science experiment called Habitat-02 that will attempt to grow radishes in space. NASA is trying to master the art of growing fresh produce in space for its crew members who stay there during long-duration missions. As radishes are nutritious and take a short time to cultivate, they will be the first crops to be grown. Radishes are also genetically similar to Arabidopsis—a plant that is frequently used during microgravity experiments. To grow the radishes, a special chamber has been set up that has LED lights, a porous clay material and a controlled system that releases fertilisers and delivers water, oxygen and nutrients to the plant’s roots.

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