Space Zucchini

Zucchini was officially grown in space in 2012.  Astronaut Donald Pettit created a blog about growing a space zucchini during Expedition 30/31 on the International Space Station.  The zucchini was grown in a plastic bag and nutrient solution.  It was not grown using hydroponics; the method of growth was considered to be aeroponics.  The medium of transfer was still water, but was in the form of a fine mist, and therefore basically air.  This was to reduce a large volume of water from being used.  Don’s blog is written from the perspective of the zucchini, and is very poetic.  You can read it or listen to it here.

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walk back to the garden

credit: NASA; Donald Pettit 2012