A Delicious Flower Was Just Grown In Space

In what is simultaneously one of the more whimsical and delicious pieces of news today, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have successfully grown their very first flower. It is orange and sunny and edible and blooming with the vitality of Science!

The American astronaut Scott Walker has been the ISS’s main green thumb. Hw specifically picked out zinnias for the first space flower because they’re both edible and harder to plant than lettuce, which has already been successfully grown in space. The ultimate goal with these plants is to master space-gardening so they can eventually be planted on Mars, which by the way: NASA is working towards planting flowers and vegetables on MARS, WHY ISN’T EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS?!

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CREDIT: Buzzfeed

I dare you to gaze into the beauty of this plant that exists outside of our planet and imagine all the future gardens and SPACE SALADS  (space salad sounds like a meal I could seriously get behind). Let your imagination go wild, because it’s real and it’s happening and NASA is a goddamn miracle.