Astronauts’ food has consistently been plain, and it is mostly freeze-dried food varieties.
Yet, times change, and astronauts decided that they need to step up their meal prep game.
They decided to try to grow fresh vegetables in their next space outing.
The astronauts onboard the International Space Station shared their excitement over Twitter.
The astronaut Kjell Lindgren tweeted:
“Fun watching these (salad greens) grow. Almost sad to eat them tomorrow. Almost.”
They were going to taste their first freshly arranged plate of mixed greens on space. The following day’s menu would incorporate veggies they have grown on board!
Lindgren and the others for weeks had planted of Outredgeous red romaine lettuce. Despite the fact that this was not the first crop planted in space, this time they were going to eat it.
Scott Kelly chose to catch the experience by sharing an image on Twitter.
The leaves were sneaking behind him in the image he took. Also, their new lettuce was put inside a box drenched in red light.
Plants In Space
NASA and numerous other space organizations have tried different things with plants in space for quite a long time. In any case, rather than eating, the outcomes were constantly shipped back to earth for additional assessment.
Besides, half of that week’s harvest was intended to be retained from the astronauts’ serving of mixed greens bowl and sent back to earth.
The most recent result in zero-gravity cultivating are consistently significant and modern.
Space Farming Is Real
Notwithstanding, NASA’s experments in space cultivation go past the need to take care of a couple of astronauts inside the confined limits of the International Space Station.
The Veggie Plant Growth System that created the lettuce for the astronauts’ serving of mixed greens is aeroponic. It is intended to develop vegetation in an air or fog climate without soil.
Moreover, NASA clarified that even plants on earth that are developed this way grow up to thrice quicker than those filled in soil. Additionally, they need undeniably less water and fertilizer.
Absolutely, something captivating about these plants is the way that they’re less inclined to infections. Also, in light of the fact that they’re fixed securely away from the universe of bugs, they never need pesticides.
On-board planting unquestionably gives astronauts something to do during long missions or between their system checks, spacewalks, and other standard tasks.
Also, it is sure that the plate of mixed greens they made tasted extraterrestrial!