Astronauts grow lettuce in space

Astronauts grow lettuce in space

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough in front of the ‘Veggie’ chamber on the ISS in November 2016. Credit: NASA

Astronauts may no longer have to miss out on eating freshly picked, gourmet salads. Researchers have successfully grown lettuce that is nutritious and safe to eat on a space station.

This is welcome news for the space voyagers, who subsist on processed, pre-packaged rations that have been sterilised through heating, freeze drying or irradiation such as fruits, nuts, chocolate, shrimp cocktails, peanut butter and beef.


Published by Cosmos.

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