Can Space Gardening Help Astronauts Cope With Isolation?

Mizuna mustard plants grow inside plant pillows in the Vegetable Production System, also known as Veggie, on the International Space Station.
Credits: NASA

Growing fresh vegetables in space offers benefits beyond providing a source of nutrition to crew members, explained Dr. Gioia Massa, project scientist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here on Earth, pandemic-induced isolation has led people to take up baking or gardening.

Deepthi Srinidhi
Jennifer L. Turner
NASA Human Research Program Strategic Communications