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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shares photos of first flower in space

The astronaut tweeted out pictures of a blooming orange zinnia that was grown in space.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
January 18, 2016 5:52:06 pm
Scott Kelly, astronaut, space flower, zinnia, flower in space, #yearinspace A photo of the orange zinnia flower that was grown in space. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted out this picture on January 16, 2016. (Source: Twitter)

Thanks to NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, people around the world have been getting a glimpse of outer space on a regular basis. From how the south of India looks to the gorgeous blue of a Himalayan lake, Kelly has been regularly tweeting out images of his life in #YearInSpace.

The most recent set of images to capture his — and the world’s — attention is that of an orange zinnia flower. “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut,” he tweeted.

 

This was followed by another tweet: “Yes, there are other life forms in space!”

 

Kelly even tweeted a picture of the zinnia’s first outing in the sun.

 

A NASA article on the why the zinnia was selected as part of the plant-growing experiment in outer space says, “They were chosen because they can help scientists understand how plants flower and grow in microgravity.”

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