Elon Musk smoking weed live on-air, is still a hot topic around and fresh in people’s minds. Now, Front Range Biosciences an agri-tech company is planning to send marijuana to the International Space Station (ISS) using a SpaceX cargo flight in March next year to understand the impact of gravity on weed.
Digital Trend reported that plant cell cultures of hemp (a form of cannabis) and coffee will board the SpaceX “CRS-20” cargo flight, which is set for launch in March.
To successfully send the tissue cultures of hemp and coffee to space, Front Range Biosciences has allied with tech startup Space Cells and BioServe, a research institute in the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Dr. Jonathan Vaught, Co-Founder, and CEO of Front Range Biosciences stated, “This is one of the first times anyone is researching the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on hemp and coffee cell cultures. This is an opportunity to see whether those mutations hold up once brought back to earth and if there are new commercial applications”.
An ISS incubator will preserve the cultures for 30 days, while BioServe Space Technologies will monitor those remotely from the University of Colorado. After 30 days, the cells will be delivered back to Earth so that the researchers can study how the DNA has been affected by cosmic radiation and fluctuating gravity levels.
The aim is to verify how microgravity affects plants and if their genes can be affected by the exposure of space radiation.
Last year, Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator said that SpaceX founder Musk will not be smoking weed in public again. Referring to Musk’s infamous marijuana consumption during “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, the NASA chief said, “that was not appropriate behavior” and people will not be seeing that again. Bridenstine said he spoke with Musk that he does not want NASA contractors engaging in questionable behavior.
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