This week Gardeners off World explores the interplanetary potential of algae and takes a peek into Veggie mission control.
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?
Welcome to Gardeners off World, my weekly round-up of the exciting world of interplanetary gardening!
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.
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.
It’s hard to imagine anyone being more excited about eating lettuce than these three astronauts on the ISS.