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NASA‬ astronaut Scott Kelley releases images of first ever flower grown in space

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KATHMANDU — NASA‬ astronaut Scott Kelley on Saturday released pictures of the first ever flower grown in space.

He tweeted picture of a splendid yellow shaded bloom which resembles sunflower. The blossom is from the plant zinnia that is a local Southwestern United States.

The plant growth facility was installed in the orbiting laboratory in 2014. The flower was chosen by scientists to understand the growth of plants in microgravity.

“Growing zinnia plants will help advance our knowledge of how plants flower in the Veggie growth system, and will enable fruiting plants like tomatoes to be grown and eaten in space using Veggie as the in-orbit garden, ” said, Trent Smith, Veggie project manager at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Smith also said that zinnia flower has a growth duration between 60 and 80 days. It is also sensitive to environmental parameters and light characteristics compared to other plants.

“Thus, it is a more difficult plant to grow, and allowing it to flower, along with the longer growth duration, makes it a good precursor to a tomato plant,” Smith added.

Scott Joseph Kelly is an American astronaut, engineer and a retired U.S. Navy Captain.

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Warm clothes provided to elderly, disabled people of Gorkha

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GORKHA- Warm clothes have been distributed to elderly and disabled people at Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality-7 in the district.

The rural municipality provided clothes including blankets to 217 elderly people and 23 people with disabilities within the ward. The clothes distribution aims to help the people overcome chilling cold, said the ward chairperson Narayan Shrestha.

“Many people affected by the earthquake of April, 2015 have been living in temporary shelters. Mostly elderly and disabled people have been affected by cold. So the clothes we have provided will give a relief to them,” he said.

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