Spring in space

The first flower has bloomed in space. Zinnia flowers are growing aboard the International Space Station. According to an article by Lonnie Shekhtman at Christian Science Monitor, “successfully growing flowers brings cosmic explorers closer to growing flowering food crops, like tomatoes, on longer space missions in the future.”

As I write this, it’s 14-degrees Fahrenheit, and we’re getting a bunch of snow dumped on us around the Great Lakes region. And yet, spring has sprung on the ISS!

[Above image credit: “Zinnia x hybrida” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net). Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons]

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