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    Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ship marijuana and coffee to International Space Station!! Well that sounds like a whole lot of boosters in space!!

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    We bet this is one space mission you never heard of. It’s unique and it actually might be Elon Musk’s favorite.  The space transportation firm and a Colorado research lab teamed up together to transport coffee and hemp plants to International Space Station (ISS). But what is the idea behind this experiment? They want to test if any mutation or genetic alteration will occur in a zero-gravity environment. Moreover, a test will also happen to check if there is a way to design more resilient vegetation for areas prone to climate change.

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    Front Range Biosciences is one agricultural company that breeds hemp and coffee varieties. They teamed up with Space Cells and the University of Colorado to launch something really interesting. There are more than 480 plant cell structures. They are kept in an incubator made for space. Transportation of the cultures will take place at the space station by SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight. The process will take place in March 2020.

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    During a podcast taping, the CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk came under fire from NASA. It was because he was smoking marijuana. The space agency had some issues and said his behavior wasn’t appropriate. But it seems the American space station will receive their fresh batch of hemp soon. While onboard, a space-made incubator will contain the plant cells for around 30 days. Meanwhile, astronauts and the crew members will keep an eye on it and check the environmental conditions.

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    After a month, the cells will come back to Earth and the researchers at Front Range Biosciences will test the plant samples. They will evaluate the RNA to determine the effect of microgravity and space radiation exposure on the plant gene expression. Science already says that plants experience mutations in space. So now the researchers want to check if these mutations remain after it returns to earth and if there are any commercial applications.

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