Tuesday, 28 March 2023 08:55

Cosmic crops poised for harvest on Earth

Seeds from IAEA and FAO laboratories were sent to space in November 2022.

UN food and atomic energy agencies are readying to reap the rewards of a ground-breaking ‘astrobotany’ investigation, announcing on Monday that seeds sent to space in 2022 are now poised to return to Earth.

“This is science that could have a real impact on people’s lives in the not-too-distant future, by helping us grow stronger crops and feed more people,” Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said.

Why are astronauts growing food in space?

@FAO Goodwill Ambassador @Thom_Astro explains why in this podcast