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'Historic harvest': NASA astronaut harvests Radish in space

Dec 04, 2020 18:17 IST

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has managed to harvest the first-ever radish crop in Space which will be brought to Earth for further study in 2021 on SpaceX's 22nd Commercial Re-supply service mission. This harvest which was a part of NASA's plant experiment, Plant Habitat-02 is being described as a historic harvest. The experiment which aims to understand how plants grow in microgravity conditions was performed in advanced plant habitats with controlled release of fertilizer, water, oxygen, and nutrients. The astronaut chose radish as the vegetable, as they take only 27 days to mature.