By CRISTINA JANNEY
ELLIS — Residents in Ellis may influence how food is grown in space thanks to a cooperative research project between NASA and the Ellis Public Library.
Steve Arthur, Ellis Public Library director, is coordinating local citizen scientists who will be growing New Mexican chimayo chili peppers.
NASA space crops systems scientist Jacob Torres is looking at the most efficient way to grow the peppers. The peppers that are being grown in the lab are not hot and don’t have a lot of flavor, Arthur said.