It’s blooming good news for astronauts aboard the International Space Station as the first ever flowers come into blossom. U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted a picture of the orange zinnia flowers, writing: “First ever flower grown in space makes its debut!”. 

“How does your garden grow? Here’s how my #spaceflower came to bloom #YearInSpace,” Kelly wrote on his Twitter account.

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In May 2014, NASA decided to experiment with growing plants in space by installing the veggie plant growth facility on the International Space Station. This installation may help expand in-orbit food production capabilities, and offer astronauts fresh food. 

It took 20 months before the first flower grew in the orbiting laboratory in early May of 2014.