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How can astronauts grow plants in space?

Many people It is not possible to grow plants in space can think. However, astronauts can grow plants using a special system on the International Space Station (ISS).

The process includes both technological innovations and Thanks to the dedication of astronauts It’s happening.

Astronauts use a special container called ‘Veggie’ to grow plants in space.

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The container allows plants to grow and develop in microgravity conditions. a suitable artificial environment creates.

Vegetarian, All conditions that plants need It keeps them under control and ensures healthy growth. Thanks to this system, on August 10, 2015, astronauts ate the first lettuce grown in space and found it very tasty.

But how do plants grow in space?

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such as ISS Growing plants, even in a controlled environment, is not an easy task. If we look at the difficulties of growing plants even on Earth, you can imagine how difficult it is to grow plants in microgravity and under controlled soil, moisture, light and gas conditions.

Because there is no gravity, plant roots can grow in any direction and nutrients and water are distributed throughout the space. To keep this situation under control, Veggie compost and soil called ‘plant pads’ your bags It enables plant growth by releasing it in a controlled manner.

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In the pockets, There are small wicks that absorb water and the seeds are glued to the wicks so that the roots grow out of the bag in one direction.

It’s not as impressive as growing potatoes like in the Martian movie, but… The ISS is also facing an unexpected food shortage. Maintaining a backup plan. 🙂

Sources: Science ABC, NASA

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