NASA, ‘Space Flown Seeds’, 1984, Chamber

These seeds were sent to space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984 as part of NASA’s Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) project. LDEF carried many experiments from different disciplines, among them ParkSeed’s tomato seeds, in order to study the effects of deep space. They remained in space for five years, until the Columbia Shuttle Mission STS-32 returned the seeds to Earth.

They were then sent to more than forty thousand schools around the country for one of the largest science experiments ever. NASA analyzed the students’ findings, which indicated that the space tomatoes were as healthy as their Earth-based siblings and even “tastier, juicier and sweeter!”

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