Space X sent its spacecraft to test tomatoes
Tomato seeds will be tested in the space station
Spacecraft cargo will remain in space for 1 month
Washington. The world’s largest space company Space X had to cancel the first launch of its famous Dragon cargo due to bad weather, after which the company is now taking a new launch (load) for supplies to the International Space Station. The mission was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at around 2:20 pm on Saturday. According to Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, the original launch date was set for Tuesday.
According to NASA, the Dragon cargo spacecraft is carrying more than 7,700 pounds of research materials, hardware and other items. It is also carrying tomato seeds, ice cream and Thanksgiving fare for astronauts aboard the space station, such as spiced green beans, cranberry apple dessert, pumpkin pie and candy corn. During the spacewalks scheduled for November 29 and December 3, solar panels will be installed on the outside of the floating laboratory. They will provide additional power to the space station.
According to the US space agency, researchers are testing the growth of a plant known as Veggie on the station. They have successfully grown different types of leafy greens earlier also. Now VEG-05 (Veg-05), is the next step in that work, which focuses on growing organic tomatoes (small tomatoes). Gioia Massa, NASA Life Sciences Project scientist and VEJ-05 principal investigator (researcher), said in a press release, ‘We are testing tomatoes by looking at the effects of the light spectrum on how well the crop grows. How delicious and nutritious tomatoes are, and how there is microbial activity on plants.
He said that ‘we are also looking at overall what is the effect on the health of the crew from growing crops to taking care and eating them. All this will provide useful data for future space research. NASA said that fresh tomato is nutritious, it can be consumed regularly. The small cherry tomato variety used in the Red Robin study grew well in the field and produced a large crop of nutritious and tasty fruit.’
Other items included in the spacecraft
NASA said that other supplies of the Dragon cargo include the Moon Microscope Test Kit, which will be used for medical purposes in flight. It includes a portable hand-held microscope and a small self-contained blood specimen staining apparatus. NASA said the kit would provide diagnostic capabilities for crew members on the surface of the Moon or Mars in space, as well as testing water, food and surfaces. NASA told that after spending 1 month in space, the spacecraft cargo will return to Earth.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 28, 2022, 09:28 IST
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