According to news site biologyThe vegetables above were grown by the three Shenzhou 16 astronauts as part of a future deep space exploration plan.
Vegetables are grown using two sets of specialized equipment. The first season started in June and 4 batches of lettuce were harvested. The second crop is planted in August, which includes cherry tomatoes and green onions.
Chinese astronaut research and training center sets up vegetable seed growing fields on Earth. This allows researchers to compare results and more accurately analyze differences in the way plants grow in space and on the ground.
“This vegetable growing device is an important part of the entire future environmental control and life support system (ECLSS),” Yang Renz, a researcher at China’s Astronaut Research and Training Center, told CCTV.
China is trying to send two astronauts to the Moon before 2030.
They also plan to build a base on the Moon called the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) within the next decade.
Mars is also touted as a future destination for Chinese spaceflight.
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