Japanese astronauts will grow cucumbers on the ISS


08/06/2011

Given the hype surrounding the European cucumbers contaminated with bacteria, not surprisingly, Japanese astronauts have decided to take advantage of, um, more technological methods of cultivation of this plant. They will create a vegetable garden right on the International Space Station.

It is reported that Satoshi Furukawa, on Wednesday will travel to the ISS, where he will hold six months in orbit. And growing cucumbers - is on the list of scheduled tasks. This part of the experiment, the purpose of which is self-astronauts products from the kitchen garden, directly in orbit.

If the experiment is successful, then the astronauts will be able to enjoy fresh food in space. It is unknown whether these cucumbers have the same nutritional value as those that have been grown in the world.

In addition to cucumbers, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov will plant tomatoes. Once again - as far as they are nutritious, given the absence of all the organisms that live in healthy soil and the lack of the usual sunshine, remains a mystery.

NASA reports: "In microgravity, roots grow sideways instead of up and down, as it is influenced by the gravitational field of the Earth. During this experiment, the researchers will try to overcome this problem by using gidrotropichesky effect when the direction of root growth is changing under the influence of water. "

After maturation, cucumbers will be frozen and sent to Earth to study them. Scientists hope that this experiment will teach us to control the direction of root growth that the assurances of NASA, will lead to "a significant advancement in the field of agricultural production in the world."

Original: Treehugger


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