Nasa to grow veggies in space

2014-05-07 10:03

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Cape Town – Nasa has created a portable growth unit on the International Space Station that will be able to grow plants such as lettuce for the astronauts on board.

The unit called the Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a deployable chamber that will grow leaf vegetables for the ISS crew.

According to a report on the IB Times the main aim is to develop and grow nutritious and safe food for crew members while in space.

Researchers also want to better understand the influence spaceflight environments have on micro-organisms.

Nasa is determined to grow their first crops in microgravity by the end of 2014.

The Veggie system uses cabin pleasure as a regulator of temperature and additionally as a source of carbon dioxide.

Dr Gioia Massa, a payload scientist said that if Nasa is able to control the environmental conditions then there is no reason to believe that the plants will not grow.
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