Space Flower

American astronaut Scott Kelly posted this picture the other day from the International Space Station:

The zinnia, an edible plant, is the first flower to ever blossom in space. Photograph by Scott Kelly.

I was under the impression that astronauts have been able to grow a variety of plants on the ISS, but apparently it's a lot harder than most people think. Vegetables like zucchini and brocolli have been grown aboard the space station, but I guess this is the first time a flower has actually blossomed.

What a cool opportunity it is to be aboard the ISS. The photographs the guys up there are sending down are pretty spectacular. I'm not on Twitter, but if you are, consider following Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) for images like this one that he posted this morning:

A view of an aurora and the Pacific Northwest. Photograph by Scott Kelly.