The next package sent to American astronauts will contain some chili pepper seeds. The first harvest will mature by November 2019.
Some people are constantly living on the International Space Station. They receive food deliveries from Earth, but this kind of transport costs a lot of money, which is why employees at various space agencies are currently working on a technology that would allow them to grow fruits and vegetables at the ISS.
American astronauts will grow chili peppers, which are easy to grow, relatively compact, fast to mature and are rich in nutrients. US astronauts have long since complained about the lack of spicy food, and they will finally have the opportunity to grow it themselves.
Thale cress became the first plant to be grown in space: it was planted on board of the Soviet Salute-7 station in 1982. US astronauts only started growing plants in space in 2015, following in the footsteps of their Russian colleagues. They created a plant growing system called Veggie. It has already been used to grow salad leaves, which were then consumed in real-time.
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