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NASA: moldy bags delay ISS cargo run

By Brittany A. Roston, http://www.slashgear.com/

A scheduled cargo run to the International Space Station has been delayed,NASA announced yesterday, due to packing bags that have developed black mold. The bags are used to pack food, clothes, and other supplies being sent the ISS, and they’re made of fabric. Of them, two were found to have black mold present, and more possibly could be affected. The black mold’s cause has not been determined at this point, but the space agency is looking into the matter.

The ISS cargo run has been delayed for at least two weeks, according to NASA. Lockheed Martin is also investigating the cause of the black mold, which is no doubt facilitated by the high humidity levels in Florida’s climate. The Orbital Cygnus, a cargo spaceship, will be sent with the cargo, and has already been packed halfway full. Read more

Astronaut Nurses Zinnia to Full Bloom After Mold Invasion

By Marcia Dunn, http://www.sci-tech-today.com/

The International Space Station now has a bright pop of orange, thanks to commander Scott Kelly’s green thumb. Kelly showed off his gardening results — a thriving zinnia with a beautiful orange-yellow bloom — over the weekend. He posted photos of the flower on his Twitter account.

“Yes, there are other life forms in space!” Kelly said in a tweet.

Last month, Kelly had to fight off mold that threatened to kill all the flowers in the space station’s mini-greenhouse. Mission Control gave him free rein, and he managed to save some of the crop. This type of autonomous gardening will be necessary during Mars expeditions, Kelly noted. Read more