A plain bite of lettuce was “awesome, ” astronauts aboard the International Space Station concurred. It helped that it was a rare bite of fresh vegetable. And it was also a tasty milestone in spaceflight history: the first time astronauts ate food grown and harvested in space.
The garden, called Veggie, is part of NASA’s research into food provision for a future manned mission to Mars.
An earlier crop of romaine lettuce was grown last year and returned to earth for safety analysis in October 2014. It passed the test, and now astronauts are growing both lettuce and zinnias under Veggie’s LED lights. (The pinkish light is the combination of red and blue LEDs, which are more efficient in driving plant growth.)
The red lettuce was chosen, NASA said on the ISS Facebook page, “
The flowers are partly of interest to see how they pollinate in zero gravity, which will be important to future attempts to grow fruit, said Paul Zamprelli of Orbitec, the company that developed the Veggie greenhouse.
The astronauts cleaned the greens before eating them and they will eat half the harvest, saving the other half to be sent back to Earth for analysis.
Small cabbage and tomatoes are next in the greenhouse’s sights, NASA said on Facebook. Longer-term, they’ve got even tastier things in mind:
Though beer would no doubt make future Mars crew happy, NASA says the sheer act of gardening is itself a psychological benefit on long missions.
“Besides having the ability to grow and eat fresh food in space, there also may be a psychological benefit, ” said Gioia Massa, NASA payload scientist for Veggie. “The crew does get some fresh fruits or vegetables, such as carrots or apples, when a supply ship arrives at the space station. But the quantity is limited and must be consumed quickly.”how many followers do i need for instagram shopping what is the biggest shopping centre in england how to promote london as the best city for christmas shopping what is online shopping when the shopping mall will open what happens after a survey on a house which side of the fence is mine council house how to go food shopping on a budget where do i find my google shopping list how to turn off avira safe shopping why do i hate shopping how to add shopping cart to wordpress website why is shopping called messages in scotland what is a shopping assistant how to make shopping list on iphone how to set up instagram shopping without facebook how to trust online shopping sites how long does it take to build a house uk how much does it cost to sell a house when will elephant and castle shopping centre be demolished what to know before going wedding dress shopping how to earn supercoins in flipkart without shopping how to manage a shopping mall successfully pdf how to dispose of plastic shopping bags why consumers prefer online shopping humiliating wife by making her flas strangers when shopping tumblr our house itv how many episodes what is the best app for shopping list what shops are in northside shopping centre how to view my google home shopping list how to go engagement ring shopping how do i share my shopping cart on amazon why is mystery shopping necessary what are good online clothes shopping websites what are the home shopping channels when did online shopping start to become popular how to get approved instagram shopping who burned down the smithy family house how to add sainsburys discount card to online shopping why are my google shopping ads are not showing where can i go shopping in new york