Day: March 6, 2020

Before We Settle Mars, Scientists Must Perfect Growing Space Salad

In August 2015, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui trimmed a number of leaves of crimson romaine lettuce and handed them to NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Each drizzled a number of drops of dressing onto the valuable make, then popped it immediately into their mouths.

“That is awesome, preferences fantastic,” Lindgren stated. 

The Intercontinental Space Station (ISS) harvest was as well scant for a proper area salad, in particular given that 50 % the crop was despatched back to Earth for scientific analysis, but the munchies marked a milestone in human spaceflight. It was the initially time an orbiting crop was grown with NASA hardware and then eaten. (While researchers suspect astronauts may well have stolen a number of bites from a prior sample.)

We now know that area lettuce doesn’t just style fantastic. It is also risk-free to eat and as nutritious as lettuce grown back on Earth,

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