microgravity


‘First’ space flower, an edible orange zinnia, grown by astronauts aboard the International Space Station

This bright orange flower right here is the first flower to ever bloom in space. While researchers in the past have grown salad greens, like lettuce, in microgravity, this new achievement marks the first successful attempt to grow flowering plants in space. Conducted by astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station, the experiment is part…




Gecko-inspired adhesive could be used to remove junk from outer space

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA research center in Pasadena, California, are currently developing a powerful adhesive which, unlike duct tape, leaves no residue, and retains its stickiness even after multiple uses. Inspired by the remarkable technique employed by geckos to cling to walls and surfaces, the researchers have devised an incredibly innovative…