Flowers for space
The fifth of the five companies splitting the $50 million is Tucson, Ariz.-based Paragon Space Development, which is getting $1.4 million for a development unit of an environmental control and life support air revitalization system.
Paragon has been involved in space biology experiments and had been aiming to grow the first plant on the moon--hence the flowers in the glass container--though the scrapping of NASA's Constellation program would keep that goal in the theoretical realm.
Next to the floral arrangement is U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat and chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, on a visit to Paragon's headquarters last March.
February 6, 2010 11:00 AM PST
Photo by: Paragon Space Development
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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