Never has fresh food grown in space made its way to the menu for astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Today that changed.
Expedition 44 crew members, including NASA's one-year astronaut Scott Kelly, harvested "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system aboard the ISS today. Half of the leafy greens were eaten by the astronauts. The other half was packaged and frozen for a trip back to Earth for more study. Although edible plants have been previously grown on the ISS, all of the results were sent back to Earth instead of eaten.
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According to NASA, the purpose of the experiment is to improve technology to "provide future pioneers with a sustainable food supplement – a critical part of NASA's Journey to Mars."
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