In our last update 8 days ago, the zinnias had just sprouted. We're happy to share that the carrots have sprouted, too! The plants in all four pots appear to be thriving and require watering every 2 to 3 days. (Zinnias are the blue pot, carrots are the brown pot.)
Our astronaut friend Josh is busy writing grants to help us fund the simulated mission at the Mars Desert Research Station next summer. We've also been contacted by another astronaut on the mission, Lewis Smithingham, and hope to figure out a fun collaboration with him. He's the mission's Journalist and Virtual Reality Director - we're not 100% sure what that entails, but we're certain it's a pretty cool gig.
We also purchased some wheat and hope to plant some seeds very soon. Stay tuned!