World Desk, Amar Ujala, Washington
Updated Sat, 05 Dec 2020 06:45 PM IST
Radish crop first grown in space,
– Photo: nasa 360
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Space harvest complete! 👩🌾👩🚀
Astronauts on the @Space_Station have collected the first ever radishes grown in space. The vegetables will be safely stored and sent back to Earth for study.
At the same time, ISS Research tweeted that, radish is used for studies because it is nutritious and fast growing. Radish grows fast but may not be so fast!
The radish plant Habitat-02 (PH-02) is used for study because it grows rapidly as it is nutritious and is genetically equivalent to the most frequently studied plant Arabidopsis.
Radish is grown in advanced plant habitat. Advanced Plant Habitat is the chamber of development for plant research. The chamber transmits water, plantation and oxygen to plant roots with LED lights and controlled composting.
Radishes grow fast, but maybe not this fast! Check out one month of @Space_Station radish growth in 10 seconds.⏱️
Radishes are used for the Plant Habitat-02 study because they’re nutritious, grow quickly and are genetically similar to Arabidopsis, a plant often studied in space. pic.twitter.com/f3c8urlCei
— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) December 1, 2020