09 Apr '12, 7am

Surprisingly Thoughtful Zucchini Blogs From Space

Surprisingly Thoughtful Zucchini Blogs From Space

"I sprouted, thrust into this world without anyone consulting me," writes a young zucchini named Rose, apparently unaware that she in fact knows no earthy home. "I am not one of the beautiful; I am not one that by any other name instills flutters in the human heart. I am the kind that makes little boys gag at the dinner table thus being sent to bed without their dessert." Clearly, NASA's most self-aware vegetable astronaut is in the throws of an existential crisis as she takes root aboard the International Space Station high overhead, far from her soil-bound counterparts -- but lucky for us, she's started a blog . In order to test how plants cope with life in near zero gravity, scientists aboard the ISS have grown a zucchini in a ziplock bag, absent of soil, to test how it would fair with oxygen and water alone, as part of an experiment in aeroponics. Such experiments have...

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