Flowers Harvested on Earth and in Space for Food Crop Research

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Harvesting plants on Earth

Chuck Spern removes a base tray containing zinnias from a controlled environment chamber in the Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

Zinnia plants from the Veggie ground control experiment at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida were harvested Feb. 11 in the same way that crew member Scott Kelly harvested the zinnias growing in the Veggie system aboard the International Space Station on Feb. 14Valentine's Day.

Flowering plants will help scientists learn more about growing crops for deep-space missions and NASA's journey to Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill White Larger image

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