Russian Cosmonauts to Set Up Greenhouse in Space

Russian cosmonauts are going to create a greenhouse in the International Space Station’s newly-arrived Nauka module, with the eventual plan to grow various plants on “an industrial scale” inside the planet’s only inhabited satellite, RT reports. 

According to the leader of the Biomedical Laboratory at the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yuri Smirnov, the experiment envisages creating a greenhouse to grow plants en masse. To begin, a small facility will be delivered to the ISS. Smirnov stated that the first plant to be grown by Russian cosmonauts will be Napa cabbage. These will then be taken back down to Earth for further research.

“Of course, no one will ban the cosmonauts from using these plants in their diet,” he emphasised.

The Nauka module launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21 and arrived at the ISS eight days later. The new segment is meant to be used for scientific experiments. It is reminded that the experiment with plants was first made public in 2019 when a prototype was released. It was then announced that the unique system would use a conveyor allowing it to grow plants non-stop for periods of around 44 to 66 days.

Ru-Main, 10.08.2021 

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