The first chili peppers of the International Space Station (ISS) have just been harvested by Thomas Pesquet and his fellow astronauts.
The cultivation of the peppers started in July. The seeds had been brought with the astronauts’ supply thanks to a SpaceX capsule. Shane Kimbrough, the American who arrived on the ISS with Thomas Pesquet in April was in charge of starting the cultivation as part of an experiment called Plant Habitat-04.
The growth of the plants was monitored by the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with sensors allowing the teams on Earth to remotely adjust the humidity, temperature and oxygen levels.
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The variety of peppers grown had been selected beforehand: the “Española Improved”, originally from the state of New Mexico in the United States.
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