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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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7 injured in Dhading truck-microbus collision

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DHADING — Seven passengers were injured after a microbus and a truck collided head-on at Baireni in Galchhi rural municipality-6, Dhading on Thursday morning.

The cement loaded truck(Na 5 Kha 7386) en route to Kathmandu from Gajuri collided with the microbus(Ga 1 Kha 2966) coming from Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Driver of microbus along with other six have sustained injuries. Other injured are Ramendra Bishwokarma and Purna Kumari Gurung of Syangja, Aasha Gurung, Aarapi Gurung and Bibek Poudel of Kathmandu, Anju Chaudhary of Kaski and Suman Gurung of Lamjung, according to Area Police Office, Gajuri.

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