The International Space Station just launched a science experiment that doubles as a colorful piece of home decor.
According to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, astronaut Kjell Lindgren has flipped the switch on the ISS's first flowering crop experiment, part of the Veggie investigation. If all goes as planned, Veggie will spawn a bountiful crop of zinnia flowers over the next two months.
For ten hours each day, a system of red, blue and green LED lights will bathe the experimental crop in artificial light. Lindgren will also operate a water and nutrient system to cultivate the plants.