Space tomatoes: Satellite with greenhouse launched into space

04-Dec-2018 - USA

A greenhouse satellite of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to test the cultivation of tomatoes and other vegetables on the moon or Mars has successfully launched into space. "Eu:Cropis" was launched on Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA on board a rocket of the private space company SpaceX, SpaceX and DLR announced. The aim of the satellite's research is to provide astronauts with fresh tomatoes and other vegetables for distant missions.


The first stage of the rocket, which had already been reused for the second time, then landed successfully on a special interceptor ship in the Pacific. Previously the launch had to be postponed several times, among other things due to maintenance work on the launcher./sd/cah/DP/jha (dpa)

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