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NASA astronauts pick peppers in space for the first time on the International Space Station

NASA astronauts pick peppers in space for the first time on the International Space Station

Humans have introduced a new form of life Cosmos Friday like NASA Astronauts harvested the first pepper aboard the International Space Station.

Chili seeds have arrived space station On a SpaceX resupply mission in June and quickly planted by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough.

“Finally, I’ve Made the BEST Space Tacos Yet: Beef Fajitas, Marinated Tomatoes & Artichokes & HATCH CHILE,” astronaut Megan MacArthur wrote in a tweet.

Astronauts have access to a variety of dried and prepackaged meals that are regularly restocked, but learning how to grow fresh produce millions of miles from Earth will be key to longer missions.

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“The challenge is being able to feed crews in low Earth orbit, then support explorers on future missions beyond low Earth orbit to destinations like the moon, as part of the Artemis program, and possibly to Mars,” roman won, the principal investigator for the NASA Plant Habitat-04 experiment, explained.

“We are restricted to crops that do not need extensive storage or processing.”

Growing plants like peppers can benefit not only astronauts’ physical health, but also their mental health, according to Rommen.

NASA astronauts have planted chili seeds in an advanced plant habitat, a growth chamber equipped with more than 180 sensors and LED lights controlled by a crew from the Kennedy Space Center.

A similar room known as the Vegetable Production System has been growing crops for about six years, including lettuce, cabbage, turnip and zinnia flowers.

A team from the Kennedy Space Center planted a control group of peppers in nearly identical conditions on Earth to see if microgravity and other factors in space affect the growth of hatch peppers.

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“The spice of pepper is determined by the environmental growing conditions,” said Lachelle Spencer, lead science team for the PH-04 project. “The combination of microgravity, light quality, temperature and humidity in the root zone will affect the flavor, so it will be interesting how the fruit grows, ripens and tastes.”