WEB DESK: Astronauts have grown the first flower in space on-board the International Space Station, BBC reported.
The orange zinnia flowers can be eaten and were grown in the ‘Veggie’ laboratory, which was installed on the space station in 2014.
Astronaut Scott Kelly took charge of the flowers, and worked hard to revive them over Christmas, and on 12 January, a few petals started to peak out.
When the flowers finally bloomed, Scott shared the photo saying ‘first ever flower grown in space makes its debut!’
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 17, 2016
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 16, 2016
Growing their own food in space is a big step for astronauts because it means they could go on longer missions in the future.
They’ve grown lettuce before but the zinnia is the first to bloom flowers.
The growth of this flower shows that it may be possible to grow other flowering crops like tomatoes in space.