Xinhuanet, BEIJING — Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa said Monday that he plans to grow cucumbers on board the International Space Station (ISS), media reports said Tuesday.

Furukawa will be heading skywards on Wednesday to begin a six-month mission on board the ISS together with Russian Sergei Volkov and American Michael Fossum.

Speaking about experiments scheduled for the next few months, Furukawa said he would be growing cucumbers as part of ongoing studies on how future space explorers will be able to harvest their own food.

Xinhuanet, BEIJING — Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa said Monday that he plans to grow cucumbers on board the International Space Station (ISS), media reports said Tuesday.

Furukawa will be heading skywards on Wednesday to begin a six-month mission on board the ISS together with Russian Sergei Volkov and American Michael Fossum.

Speaking about experiments scheduled for the next few months, Furukawa said he would be growing cucumbers as part of ongoing studies on how future space explorers will be able to harvest their own food.

“We wish we were able to eat the cucumbers, but we have not been allowed,” Furukawa, a doctor, said at a news conference.

Volkov said the Russian segment will be planting tomatoes and joked that he hoped astronauts might be granted permission to prepare a salad.

“In the Russian module we are going to grow tomatoes, and we also aren’t allowed to eat them. But maybe they will let us make a cucumber-tomato salad.”

The astronauts, who are waiting for their mission at the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, sat behind a plate of protective glass at the press conference to avoid exposure to infection.

They are due to return to earth in the middle of November.

 

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