In November, the International Space Station (ISS) is about to get a bit special.
Researchers are hoping to send Española chili pepper crops (Capsicum annuum), which might make peppers the very first fruit to be grown in space by American Astronauts.
“We are also looking for varieties that don’t grow too tall, and but are very productive in the controlled environments that we would be using in space,” NASA plant physiologist Ray Wheeler told Dylan Bida at the Rio Grande Sun.
The astronauts have often expressed a need for spicier and flavourful foods, and so having a bit of sizzling flavour also gave the impression to be. Also, many peppers are very high in vitamin C, that makes importance for space diets or food.
Although there are many different types of peppers, Española peppers have been chosen because they grow at high altitudes, have quick-rising durations, and maybe quickly become.
Astronauts have been successfully growing plants in space since 1982 when the crew of the Soviet Salyut 7 spacecraft first became the model plant Arabidopsis.
Russian cosmonauts have also been eating their space produce since 2003; however, it wasn’t until 2015 that American astronauts obtained their original style of space lettuce.
We’ve now grown plenty of different space vegetables on the ISS, including lettuce, Swiss chard, radishes, Chinese cabbage, and peas. That is all-vital for NASA’s ambitious plan to finally ship people to Mars. We’re taking a look at someplace between six months and year to make it to Mars, and as soon as the area pioneers are on their method, we can’t quickly get them more contemporary food from Earth.
That’s not even mentioning their keep on the Red Planet, and then the journey residence. Growing their food is a reasonably large priority.