Plants That Grow In Space Arrive Safely On Earth

Astronomy Science ~ Some of us may think that the astronauts living in the International Space Station only do activities like staring out ...

Astronomy Science ~ Some of us may think that the astronauts living in the International Space Station only do activities like staring out the window or take photographs of the Earth. Apparently, astronauts have a lot of other things in their working agenda.

One of the astronauts on the ISS activities some time ago that being a farmer. They help more than 1,000 plants to germinate and grow in space.

The picture shows the astronaut Reid Wiseman inject a special solution into a petri dish of seed storage that are intended to help them germinate and grow.

Why grow plants in space?

Astronauts on the International Space Station spent some time caring for the plant in 1000 and hopes to help scientists achieve a better understanding of how gravity affects all living organisms.

This photo shows astronaut Reid Wiseman taking care of plant seeds with a special solution
On Thursday of this week, the plant is now in the freeze so that they are preserved, arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, where they were welcomed by Simon Gilroy researchers and colleagues from the Department of Botany.

This plant will remain frozen for the next few months. After they melt, specialist Simon Gilroy and colleagues will be busy studying their genetic structure. The goal is to determine how the zero-gravity environment affects their growth.

The data obtained so far indicate that in the space, the plants tend to grow longer and thinner. Moreover, without gravity, making the plants more susceptible to all kinds of diseases.

"One of the astronauts observed that plants grow lazy in a weightless environment, they grow long and thin and does not produce a strong structure, such as a human who lose bone mass in space because it is not necessary to support the weight," says researcher Simon Gilroy.

Subsequently, "Plants are grown without mechanical stress - like without being disturbed by wind, rain or other disorders - are far more vulnerable to pests, not so strong, but if you go into the greenhouse and shake the plants, they grow more compact, powerful, and resistant to stress. "
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