Tiangong Space Station: Chinese astronauts showed how to grow rice in space. Astronauts from Xi Jinping’s country have successfully grown rice seedlings at the Tiangong Space Station.
China succeeded in growing rice in space. Symbolic image.
Space Food: Now the Chinese astronauts planted rice in space. Astronauts from Xi Jinping’s country have successfully grown rice seedlings at the Tiangong Space Station. According to data published in the China Daily, experts said on Monday that the discovery opens up new horizons in providing food for astronauts to survive in space for long periods of time. While experiments on rice cultivation have been carried out in space before, this is the first time an attempt has been made to create the entire life cycle of a plant at the Tiangong Space Station and it has succeeded. The process ends with a whole plant producing new seeds.
On July 24, China launched the Wentian Space Laboratory into orbit, docking with the Tianhe Core Module of the Chinese space station. The space lab is the nation’s largest and heaviest spacecraft to date; It has a height of 17.9 meters (58 ft) and a weight of 23 metric tons. It has eight experimental payloads on board, one of which is exclusively for the paddy test.
According to Zheng Huiyong, a researcher at the Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, the long shoots of the rice cultivars have grown to a height of about 30 cm (12 inches) since the rice trial began on July 29. Also, seedlings of a dwarf rice variety known as Xiao Wei grew to about 5 cm (2 inches), Zheng said.
“The rice seedlings have grown very well,” said Zheng Huiyong. The test consisted of seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant in the mustard family. It is often used by scientists to study mutations.
“We want to investigate how microgravity can affect plant flowering time at the molecular level and whether it is possible to use the microgravity environment to control related processes,” said the researcher at the Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences. Incidentally, flowering is a very important stage for plant reproductive development.