Something new for space travelers: fresh salad!
Something new for space travelers: fresh salad! This photo provided by NASA shows a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space on the International Space Station. (AP/NASA)
Something new for space travelers: fresh salad!
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These are the salad days of scientific research on the International Space Station, and on Aug. 10, for the first time astronauts munched on red romaine lettuce that they grew in space.
After clicking their lettuce leaves like wine glasses, three astronauts tasted them with a bit of Italian balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren pronounced it awesome, while Scott Kelly compared the taste to arugula. They talked about how the veggies added color to life in space.
If astronauts are to go farther in space, they will need to grow their own food and this was an experiment to test that.
Astronauts grew space station lettuce last year but had to ship it back to Earth for testing and didn't get to taste it.

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Why is it difficult to grow vegetables in space?
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  • owenh-ver
    8/27/2015 - 06:09 p.m.

    this is cool and i think that it is good for astronots to be able to eat fesh and healthy foods.

    8/31/2015 - 08:24 a.m.

    Growing food in space might affect future cultures. For example it might be some peoples traditions to to eat space lettuce on holidays like their birthday or new years.

  • erina-eri
    9/10/2015 - 06:01 a.m.

    Growing vegetables in space is impossible. Vegetables' life depends on the fine environment. The lack of healthy environment makes the vegetables die and they can not live. As the space is a man-made technological equipment, it is not related with natural environment and against it. Thus, this is the problem...

  • robertc-pay
    10/14/2015 - 11:20 a.m.

    I think that salad is tasty. Salad is good for our health so I think this is a good invention. And salad bring colors to space.

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