NASA Plans on Making Fresh Lettuce Salads Available in Space
The biggest disadvantage of traveling to space is probably the lack of fresh food. In an attempt to fix this problem, NASA launched the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) Program last year. This is the space agency's first attempt to grow produce in space that could sustain astronauts. The latest development is that NASA is now experimenting on growing fresh lettuce in space. Researchers at the Kennedy Space Center are working toward growing red romaine lettuce in zero-gravity under pink LED lights. While the produce should be dining-ready in 28 days, it'll be awhile before the astronauts will be able to eat it.
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