Whether you’re a vegan or meat lover, you need to have some celebratory lettuce this week, in support of the astronauts who have succeeded in growing food in space for the first time in history.
Lettuce has never tasted as good for the two NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren as it did on the International Space Station (ISS). They even added olive oil and balsamic vinegar on space veggie delight to get the ultimate experience.
Scott Kelly was really excited about the lettuce and he apparently said it tasted a bit like arugula, so there are quite few tweaks to be made to the ISS “gardening” system.
The NASA astronauts used a LED-powered space greenhouse called “Veggie” for their first ever food planting experiment, VEG-1. The seeds for the space lettuce were actually planted on board the ISS, so the entire growth process took place there as well. This makes the arugula-tasting lettuce the hottest food of the hour, because the potential it signals is immense.
If astronauts are able to actually grow their own food in space, then we are essentially one small step closer to achieving the Mars missions in the next few years. This constitutes a giant scientific breakthrough and an extremely good omen for future work that will be conducted away from the Blue Planet.
NASA was so proud of this achievement that it felt that it should share it with the entire world; thus, the first tasting of the space lettuce was broadcasted live on NASA TV. Scott Kelly even helped with the advertisement, as he kept his Twitter page updated throughout the entire process. He included the lettuce tasting in his amazing hashtag campaign #YearInSpace.
He even took a selfie of himself with the mighty space lettuce crop, to be able to allow his followers to get a good look at the most amazing lettuce patch in the entire world.
It remains to be seen what the ISS astronauts will be able to grow aside from lettuce in the near future, but this was a truly historical moment, because an immense barrier was finally crossed, getting us one step closer to conquering outer space.
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