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.

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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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