NASA astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have harvested a batch of space-grown crops, boosting hopes of humans one day colonising the solar system.
NASA’s incredible research on the ISS could allow future astronauts to grow fresh food on long-haul trips into space. On Thursday, October 30, astronauts on the space station harvested a small batch of Mizuna lettuce. The Japanese variant of lettuce, also known as mustard greens, is grown on the ISS in special containment units dubbed VEGGIE.
The brightly lit pods house individual plants growing in watered pillows for up to 28 days. Once the 28 days are up, the astronauts will harvest the crops and prepare them for shipment to Earth.