The Zinnia flowers are part of the VEG-01 investigation which applies growth chamber and planting pillows.
NASA just released a picture of Zinnia flowers growing in space. The flowers are starting to grow in the International Space Station's Veggie facility. The veggie facility if part of the VEG-01 investigation which aims to grows vegetation in space.
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The investigation uses lighting and nutrient supply for plants to grow in space crafts. The Zinnia flowers are growing on the basis of a low-cost growth chamber and planting "pillows”.
The components provide the Zinnia flowers with nutrients for the root system. The first plants of the Zinnia flowers appear to be larger than their ground-based counterparts. NASA scientists expect buds of the Zinnia flower to form on the larger plants very soon.
The ISS Veggie facility supports a variety of plant species. All of the plant species will be cultivated for educational outreach and research. Other uses of the facility are to provide fresh food and even recreation for crew members on long-duration missions.
Earlier in 2015, the ISS veggie facility had grown lettuce which was consumed by the crew. Now the ISS investigators are attempting to grow Zinnia flowers.
The experiment will also allow them to understand how flowering plants grow in micro-gravity. The findings will allow them to even grow other edible flowering plants, such as tomatoes.
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The image of the Zinnia flower plants were released on the 23rd of December on NASA’s official site. Time will tell if the bright colored flowers will emerge in the ISS.