Astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) have discovered that a chili pepper planted in an American greenhouse has begun to bloom. They hope to see the first spacecraft before in a week.
Chile bloomed for the first time on the ISS. Astronaut Megan MacArthur rave about the first space pepper
Chili peppers began to be grown in July in the American greenhouse on the ISS. And today the plant bloomed for the first time. Astronaut Megan MacArthur wrote about this on her Twitter account.
“Space (Pepper) Chili News: They're Blooming! I'm smiling. We expect to see the formation of small fruits in a week,”the girl wrote, accompanying the message with a photo of a blooming pepper.
Space Chile update: they’re blooming! I'm grinning! We expect to see small developing fruit in another week. Learning to grow these more complicated plants in @ Space_Station's unique environment will enable astronauts on future planetary missions to grow some of their own food! pic.twitter.com/gGtQqyaKs0
- Megan McArthur (@Astro_Megan) September 3, 2021
Russian scientists planned to grow sweet peppers on the ISS, but the new Lada-2 greenhouse was lost in December 2016 due to the emergency launch of the Progress MS-04 cargo vehicle. In May 2020, Vladimir Sychev, Deputy Director of the Institute for Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said that the Institute, together with the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, was working on the appearance of a new Russian greenhouse for the station. This was reported by RIA Novosti.
Many experiments are being carried out on the International Space Station. For example, Popular Mechanics recently wrote about the intention of Swiss scientists to grow miniature human organs in space from human stem cells.
Now the 65th expedition is working on the ISS, consisting of the Russians Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, the Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, the Japanese Akihiko Hoshide (station commander) and the Frenchman Tom Peske.