Climate change launching mutant seed space race

This five-minute-long exposure shows a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s Dragon spacecraft being launched on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station on March 2 in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images/TNS

Hurtling around the Earth at more than 20 times the speed of sound, some of the tiniest life forms aboard the International Space Station are on a mission to feed people on a warming planet.

Seeds of sorghum and cress launched into orbit by the International Atomic Energy Agency are tethered to the capsule via a thin metal box. That’s exposing them to more-intense solar radiation in a trial to induce genetic mutations so they can survive hotter temperatures, drier soils, spreading pestilence and rising sea levels.

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