Chile peppers from Hatch, New Mexico, arrived at the station in June as a part of an experiment initiated by astronaut Shane Kimbrough, NASA said.¬†
‚ÄúIt is one of the most complex plant experiments on the station to date because of the long germination and growing times,‚ÄĚ Matt Romeyn, principal investigator for PH-04, said in a NASA news release.
A team with the Kennedy Space Center‚Äôs¬†Exploration Research and Technology¬†programs planted the seeds in a science carrier that slots into¬†a plant growth chamber, the Advanced Plant Habitat,¬†on the orbiting laboratory where¬†astronauts raise crops, according to NASA.
The astronauts will have to wait before taking a bite. The peppers take four months to grow, and astronauts will have to harvest them a final time before being eaten.¬†
The crew plans to eat some of the peppers and send the rest back to Earth for analysis¬†if it is shown that they are safe to eat.