Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

Astronauts Take First Bites of Lettuce Grown in Space

Hydroponic farming is one small step toward self-sustaining space habitats

For the first time, at least officially, the NASA astronauts on board the International Space Station have tasted the product, or more specifically, the produce, of their work.

Expedition 44 crewmembers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, together with Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Monday (Aug. 10) happily chomped on “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce, which they freshly harvested from the orbiting lab’s Veggie plant growth system.

“That’s awesome,” remarked Lindgren on his first bite.

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