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Russian Scientists Find the Way to Cultivate Carrots and Tomatoes in Outer Space
5.11.2013 11:44
Russian Scientists Find the Way to Cultivate Carrots and Tomatoes in Outer Space

Specialists of the Medical Biological Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a conveyor cylindrical vitamin greenhouse for the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), and suggested a concept of a modular vegetable greenhouse for the piloted Martian expedition.

      The greenhouse with a total volume of about 3 cubic meters includes four conveyor cylindrical modules for cultivation of leafy vegetables, carrots, tomatoes and capsicum. It can daily provide the flight crew of six people with about 2 kg of fresh vegetables containing 100 per cent of necessary and well-digested vitamins A and C, 10 to 20 per cent of B vitamins, mineral substances and food fibers.

      This is pointed out in theses of the report of the Medical Biological Problems Institute published for the 50th anniversary of the institution.

      A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station to carry out 35 experiments in the ouster space. Cylindrical configuration of the modules makes it possible to gain more benefits as compared to other configurations of modular space greenhouses, the report reads.

Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Outer Space Vegetables Biology   

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