Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astronauts Grow First Flowers in Space

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Astronauts Grow First Flowers in Space

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The first flowers grown in space have bloomed.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, International Space Station gardener, shared photos of the prized zinnias last weekend.

"Yes, there are other life forms in space," Mr. Kelly said on Twitter.

The story of the delicate space flowers is fraught with ups and downs, similar to gardens on Earth.

Just last month, the small crop wasn't looking good. The leaves and buds were covered in mold because of a leak in the plant container.

"I'm going to have to channel my inner Mark Watney," Mr. Kelly posted then, referencing the potato-growing skills of the astronaut in "The Martian."

An unplanned spacewalk delayed fixing the problem in the space garden and by Dec. 22 they were dying, said NASA's Trent Smith. …

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