NASA astronauts are growing chile peppers on the International Space Station for the first time

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are growing red and green chile peppers for the very first time.

Hatch chile pepper seeds arrived at the station in June, thanks to a SpaceX commercial resupply services mission.

The peppers will spend about four months growing before they can be harvested and eaten.

If data indicates the peppers are safe, the crew will eat some of them and send the rest back to Earth for analysis.

Scientists hope the crop will help to supplement astronauts’ diets on future missions, providing much-needed Vitamin C and other nutrients, including Vitamin C, according to the NASA website. 

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