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. 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. They added a bit of Italian balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren pronounced it awesome and 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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  • p1-collin-pen
    8/24/2015 - 09:16 a.m.

    Well, first of all, there is no dirt, which means no garden, which means no food. This new experiment seems to have worked which I think is crazy.

  • johnh-1-bro
    8/27/2015 - 02:02 p.m.

    This is awesome so that astronauts can eat food that isn't freeze dried!

  • masonp-1-mar
    9/11/2015 - 01:02 p.m.

    Its cool that they can grow lettuce on the space station. I wonder if the lettuce can be grow on other planets. If it can than all we need is oxygen.

  • genesisj-
    3/07/2017 - 01:03 p.m.

    it's hard to plant in space because there's no dirt nor water. Unless the astronauts have some sort of liquid...

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