Although none of us are farmers, we’ve all grown plants at one time or another. Whether you’re casually gardening or a farmer trying to make a good harvest, it’s easy to agree that soil is the essential thing to get the job done. Have you ever heard of plants growing without soil? That is a possibility now, and all praise goes to NASA. Read to know more.
NASA’s official Twitter account announced a special shipment to the International Space Station in a tweet. The tweet that read, “Your shipment of science, supplies, and snacks has arrived! At 4:44am ET (9:44 UTC), @NorthropGrumman’s S.S. Piers Sellers #Cygnus spacecraft was captured by the @Space_Station with experiments aboard, including a new way of growing plants without soil.” In layman terms, NASA informed that Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft which set off from Earth on Saturday had reached its destination on Monday.
Approximately 8,300 pounds of cargo were carried by the spacecraft. There were scientific investigation materials and, more importantly, ingredients for experiments to grow plants without soil, which was mind-blowing and represents an incredible achievement for the space agency.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft
A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft is an expendable cargo spacecraft developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program. The Antares rocket of Northrop Grumman is used to launch it, and it is designed to transport supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) following the retirement of the American Space Shuttle.
NASA hopes to increase its partnerships with domestic commercial aviation and aeronautics firms, which had been dominated by Russian, European, and Japanese space agencies, with the Cygnus spacecraft.