Was the Space Station salad really a giant leaf for mankind? Or did the Russians beat them to it?

All the news sites and blogs are dressing up the story about the space station salad. The Guardian: Nasa astronauts take first bites of lettuce grown in space: ‘Tastes like arugula’. Even Popular Science titled a post Watch Astronauts harvest and eat the first space-grown salad.

Which is strange, because you would think they would check their own archives. Back in the July 2000 issue they did a tour of the Mir space station and wrote:

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