A new record set by NASA after the second hot pepper harvest
NASA has successfully completed the second hot pepper harvest on the ISS (International Space Station).
Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04), is one of NASA's projects to grow plants on the ISS. This project ended after 137 days, in which the astronauts tried to grow hot peppers on the ISS.
The first harvest turned out great and the second even better.
If you want to see details about the first hot pepper harvest, which was eaten by the Crew-2 crew, you can see it here:
NASA managed to successfully grow chili peppers on the ISS for the first time. In addition, one of the astronauts also made the first Tacos from space and from the ISS. Chili peppers were carefully grown on the ISS as an experiment by which NASA wanted to see if it could grow vegetables on the ISS. The experiment was more than a success! Specifically, NASA announced that these peppers were grown for the Plant Habitat-04 investigation (a project carried out on the ISS).
"The investigation involved microbial analysis to improve the understanding of plant-microbial interactions in space and the crew's assessment of the aroma, texture, and nutrition of the first peppers grown in space" - NASA. That's what NASA said about the experiment. As you can see in the picture above, astronaut Megan McArthur made tacos from these chili peppers, in which she put some more food,...
Mark Vande Hey, is the flight engineer of Expedition 66 and harvested on November 26, 26 cultivated hot peppers. The ISS crew took samples of these hot peppers. NASA recently claimed that these hot peppers are grown from four different plants, all from the orbital laboratory's Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) program, with PH-04. After all, the samples were collected and after analyzing them, a record was set: most hot peppers grew to feed a crew on the ISS. Yes, as you can see in the picture above, they then ate these hot peppers in a taco with several ingredients.
"PH-04 has significantly pushed the latest generation in space culture production," said Matt Romeyn Acre, a principal investigator for PH-04 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "With this experiment, we took a variety of Hatch's hot pepper from New Mexico, reduced it to fit in the plant habitat, and discovered how to productively grow the first generally recognized fruit crop in space - all in a matter of time. several years," he added.
All this experiment began in June when a scientific carrier carried 48 hot pepper seeds on the ISS, NASA claims. At that time, the ISS crew, ie the crew of expedition 65, planted those seeds, and only on July 12, they put water on all the hot pepper seeds. During these months, ISS astronauts have been trying to see and research how hot peppers grow in an extraterrestrial environment. They began to position them so that everyone had enough room to grow, watered them, and tried to give them the best possible condition to develop.
NASA also claims that the astronauts performed some manual pollination for these planets, and the fins were made by habitat fans programmed at different speeds.
The first seven peppers were harvested on October 29, were analyzed and the success of the mission was confirmed.
At that time only 7 hot peppers were harvested, now 26 are harvested and in the future NASA wants even more. Through this process, it may be possible to grow other plants in the future, so that astronauts have enough resources on the ISS and grow them themselves.
We wish success to NASA and astronauts on the ISS with the following hot pepper crops and other planets in the future. This experiment is a new step to explore the condition in space.
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 01 December 2021, at 08:50 am Los Angeles time
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