Astronauts Eat Lettuce Grown in Space

When you’re not on Earth, fresh food is pretty hard to come by. Astronauts know the reality of prepackaged and freeze dried food all too well, but that could be changing after the successful growth of red romaine lettuce at the International Space Station. Thanks to NASA’s Vegetable Production System project, we now have a glimpse into what could be the future: growing veggies in space.

According to NPR, the system needed to grow plants in space is quite complex. Because the water doesn’t necessarily flow up through the roots in zero gravity, a clay “pillow” is used to disperse the water throughout the root system. Fans also have to be constantly circulating since there is no wind blowing through the station. Lastly, artificial light must be used to combat the fact that there’s a sunrise every 90 minutes. Although many particulars must be met, astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan definitely look like they are enjoying the fruits—or veggies in this case—of their labor in the video of their first bites of space-grown lettuce.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

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Christine Ko
.3 years ago

Saw this piece of news on Hong Kong's TV :)

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Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago

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Vikram S.
Vikram S3 years ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

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Corey Brideau
Corey Brideau3 years ago

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Panchali Yapa3 years ago

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Vikram S3 years ago

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Manuela C3 years ago

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