One small step for side-salads, one giant leap for space veggies

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Landing on the moon was obviously one of mankind’s greatest feats, and you know what mankind’s next greatest accomplishment is? Vegetables. Not just vegetables though – space vegetables! That’s right, astronauts currently living on the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully ate a red romaine lettuce that was grown on board.

This isn’t actually the first plant to be grown on board the ISS, but it’s the first to both be grown and used as food.

The lettuce was created using an experiment, which is known as Veg-01. The experiment is a discrete piece of equipment that uses red, blue and green LEDs to grow plants aboard the ISS. The seeds, which arrive in space in self container parcels, take around 33 days to develop and be harvested. The ISS team sent the first batch back, so that it could be studied, and proceeded to eat some of the second batch before having to return the rest of it home.

You can check out the video below of the ISS crew experiencing the “home grown” vegetables aboard the ISS.

Source: Wired