The First Fruit to Grow in the ISS
NASA is aiming to grow more space chile peppers in the International Space Station. Why?
NASA Astronauts Will Grow the Peppers in Four MonthsThree months ago, NASA said that the chile peppers would inhabit the APH (advanced plant habitat), which houses the sensors. It is also responsible for regulating carbon dioxide concentration and moisture levels, as well as the temperature in the atmosphere. The space agency said that the habitat is also assigned for data transmission. The information is then gathered by the sensors.
The Purpose of the Space Chile Pepper MissionThe Spoon reported that the plan to grow the chile peppers in space is not only for merely cultivating the seeds. The reason why NASA chose the said fruit is that it will become a staple source of energy for the astronauts on their mission. Moreover, the PH-04 experiment will help NASA assess the changes in the flavor and texture of the peppers. This will also pave the way for the astronauts to have an established “indoor grow system” for the chile peppers. This would help them grow the plants outside the planet, and know more about their differences when planted in a foreign place. Besides the “space chile peppers,” NASA had successfully planted the first radish crops in space over the past year. In 2020, the journal published in Frontiers revealed that the mentioned vegetables were safe to be eaten by the astronauts.
Written by Joseph Henry