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Watch as astronauts eat space-grown lettuce for the first time

By dkpope ยท 4 replies
Aug 10, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<div class="video-container"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D_723qwjULM?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0&amp;modestbranding=1&amp;vq=hd720&amp;autohide=1" width="560"></iframe></div> <p>Lettuce is usually a rather boring part of lunch, but today it was exciting for three astronauts.</p> <p>Earlier this afternoon, astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui ate <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/meals_ready_to_eat">red romaine lettuce grown on the International Space station</a>, dressed with oil and vinegar, for lunch.</p> <p>Since vegetables don&rsquo;t just pop up out of nowhere in space, Nasa started an experiment, called Veg-01, to test the space station&#39;s ability to grow food. Now that something has indeed grown, there is hope for future, more substantial crops to feed those on long-duration space missions in the future.</p> <p>The first crop was planted in May last year and was brought to Earth in October for safety testing. The lettuce eaten today was planted by Kelly on June 8 and grew for 33 days before being harvested. Half of the bounty will be packaged and sent back to Earth for scientific analysis.</p> <p>The lettuce grew in a rooting &ldquo;pillow&rdquo; that contains the seeds and soil for the plants. Before eating, the astronauts had to clean the lettuce with citric-acid based sanitizing wipes.</p> <p>The Veggie system was developed in Madison, Wisconsin, by Orbital Technologies Corp. and tested at Kennedy Space Center before it took flight. The unit is collapsible and expandable and features a flat panel light bank that includes red, blue and green LEDs for plant growth and crew observation.</p> <p>Nasa values growing food in space not only for its nutrition, but also as a recreational activity for astronauts during long and grueling missions.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61706-watch-astronauts-eat-space-grown-lettuce-first-time.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/61706-watch-astronauts-eat-space-grown-lettuce-first-time.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/61706-watch-astronauts-eat-space-grown-lettuce-first-time.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,142   +1,213

    Lettuce put this down in the history books for future generations when none of us alive today romaine
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2015
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,140   +533

    Wow, you mean they chew their food different than we mere earthlings?
     
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,487   +860

    Chewing in zero-G must be an odd experience the first couple of times.
     
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,868   +2,820

    Lol... I mean haha, or is that hehe. Dammit, maybe this :D emoji will help better explain what I mean.
     

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