太空育种玫瑰首次七夕亮相:花期长,象征爱情更加长久

太空育种玫瑰首次七夕亮相:花期长,象征爱情更加长久
Space roses go on sale ahead of Chinese Valentine’s Day
太空育种玫瑰首次七夕亮相:花期长,象征爱情更加长久

太空育种玫瑰首次七夕亮相:花期长,象征爱情更加长久

The first batch of 200 “space roses,” the seeds for which were brought into space by the Shenzhou IV spacecraft in 2002, officially went on sale ahead of Chinese Valentine’s Day on Friday.

The roses, a miniature palm rose type, originated from a batch of flower seeds that entered space on board the Shenzhou IV spacecraft 19 years ago. After returning to Earth, they were specially screened and cultivated in labs, according to a post by the cultural and creative souvenirs unit under China Aerospace Construction Group Co.

Space roses are very different from ordinary roses in terms of flower type and flowering period. They can be kept fresh for one to two months, longer than ordinary ones. The longer flowering period symbolizes long-lasting romance.

“When you see a space rose, you not only witness the strength of China’s space program, but also Chinese people’s long yearning for astronomical progress,” read a card together with the rose, a post from a Weibo netizen showed.

Chinese Valentine’s Day, also known as Qixi, falls on Saturday this year. The Chinese Valentine’s Day is based on a story about lovers meeting in space. The two lovers, Niulang and Zhinu (Cowherd and Weaver Girl), were separated at two ends of the Milky Way. Every year, only on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month can they get together by the magpies bridge. To extol the sad and beautiful love between them, later generations market the seventh day of the seventh lunar month as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

2002年发射的神舟四号飞船,搭载百种植物种子进入太空。今年中国七夕,航天科普公益活动首次在线上推出的太空玫瑰,就曾在19年前搭上飞船,育种于太空之中。

经过千百个日夜的培育,终于走出航天育种专家实验室的微型掌心玫瑰,它的花期比一般的鲜切花花期要长出1倍,也象征着爱情更加长久的浪漫。200支航天育种的太空玫瑰,跨越星空而来,成为这次中国七夕情人节独特的浪漫。

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