Astronauts ate a historic meal of space-grown red romaine lettuce that they cultivated themselves, on the International Space Station (ISS), Monday, as part of Expedition 44. The meal marked the first time that humans have eaten food grown in space.
Crew members planted the red romaine lettuce in July as part of NASA’s plant experiment system ‘Veg-01’. The astronauts seemed to enjoy the lettuce, with crew member Scott Kelly saying, “This is awesome.” After they ate, half of the food was frozen so it could be transported back to Earth for scientific analysis.
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