If you look closely at the Veggie plant growth chamber on the ISS, you’ll spot a plaque at the back. Why is it there?
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When they were planning the Veggie growth system for the ISS, NASA investigated which species to grow in it. They were looking for leafy vegetables with good growth and nutrition, which the astronauts would enjoy eating.
This is a really fun video, in which a chef tries to help astronauts on the ISS eat nicer meals by combining foods they already have in stock.
Biorock, space moss and palm tree seeds are on their way to the ISS.
Coaxing a plant into flowering in space is trickier than just growing leaves – but it’s something we’re going to have to crack if we want to be space farmers.