Washington, April 28
NASA’s Expedition 64 crew member Michael Hopkins has harvested two crops in space — amara mustard, and a previously grown crop, extra dwarf pak choi.
They were grown for 64 days, the longest leafy greens have grown on station, the US space agency said. The pak choi grew for so long that it began to flower as part of its reproduction cycle. Hopkins’ efforts in eclipsing the mark included using a small paintbrush to pollinate plant flowers. A VEG-05 experiment with dwarf tomatoes is planned for next year, NASA said. — IANS