Elon Musk smoking marijuana live on air remains fresh in the memory. Now, agri-tech company Front Range Biosciences is set to send the drug to the International Space Station.
The cannabis will be shipped onboard a SpaceX cargo flight in March 2020 to study the impact of gravity on plants.
The plant cell cultures of hemp and coffee will launch in the SpaceX “CRS-20” cargo flight scheduled for launch in March.
To send the tissue cultures to space, Front Range Biosciences has partnered with tech startup Space Cells and research institute BioServe.
Dr Jonathan Vaught, co-founder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences, said: “This is one of the first times anyone is researching the effects of microgravity and spaceflight on hemp and coffee cell cultures.
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The aim is to check how microgravity affects plants and whether the exposure to space can affect their genes.
NASA head Jim Bridenstine recently announced SpaceX founder Musk will not be getting high in public again.
Speaking on Musk’s infamous marijuana consumption on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the NASA Administrator said “that was not appropriate behaviour” and people will not be seeing that again.
Mr Bridenstine said he spoke with Elon Musk as he does not want NASA contractors engaging in questionable behaviour.
The news comes as SpaceX tonight attempts to launch one of its final missions of the year from Florida.
For this flight, the cutting-edge space company will attempt to recover as many pieces of its rocket as possible post-takeoff.
The Falcon 9 rocket flying today will attempt one of SpaceX’s signature landings after launch, targeting a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
After that, two of the company’s modified boats will try to catch the rocket’s nose cone with giant nets.