Pepper grown in space for first time in the world

Image copyright NASA Image caption Gisla Pável is one of the astronauts on the International Space Station British astronaut Gisla Pável has shared a picture of some white pepper grown in space for the…

Pepper grown in space for first time in the world

Image copyright NASA Image caption Gisla Pável is one of the astronauts on the International Space Station

British astronaut Gisla Pável has shared a picture of some white pepper grown in space for the first time in the world.

NASA captured the image of the flavour-enhancing food during a blast of cold air on the International Space Station.

The shoot coincides with the launch of a fresh batch of seeds for a fruit and nut company.

Mrs Pável took the picture during the Christmas holidays when she was alone on the ISS.

She shared it via her Twitter account on Monday to mark the occasion of Christmas on the ISS.

Another picture posted by the astronaut shows fruit and nut flavours being grown in space – a traditional fruit and nut serving to celebrate Christmas in the camp.

It is all part of US-based Gold Kite Technologies’ public diplomacy campaign to promote its brands around the world.

Image copyright NASA Image caption Astronaut Mark Vande Hei delivers seeds to the International Space Station

Timing of the first recorded pepper crop on a space station was also part of its strategy.

It arrived on the US-based Dragon cargo craft and was delivered by a Russian Soyuz capsule on December 18.

Mrs Pável was joined on board the Expedition 55 crew by friends from the US, France, Germany and Japan.

The red arpeggio notes of the Cantina Orchestra concert were heard from the space station on Saturday – the international year of music on the ISS.

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