NASA is farming in space

NASA has grown a veggie garden 370 km above the earth.

space farming vegetables

- Jesse Hirsch, Modern Farmer
(Photos: Stephan Allan)

I originally stumbled upon this space salad story on 2OceansVibe and found the original by Jesse Hirsch on Modern Farmer.

So the salad story goes

After successful attempts of growing broccoli, sunflowers and zucchini in space, the VEGGIE program is NASA's first attempt to grow produce that could actually sustain space travelers.

VEGGIE - Vegetable Production System Program - is an initiative by NASA to grow fresh produce in space.

6 Romaine lettuce plants will be launched this December and hosted on the International Space Station. The burgundy-hued lettuce will be grown under bright-pink LED lights, ready to harvest after just 28 days.

The first harvest will not be enjoyed by the space travellers but will have to be frozen and sent to earth for testing of cosmic microbes. This VEGGIE initiative is not just for the eating but is also for horticultural therapy contributing to the sanity of the space travellers.

Stepping into the future, space farming may prove vital to the survival of our species.

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