Astronauts Are Eating Food Grown in Space for First Time — Here’s Why That’s a Huge Deal

On Monday, astronauts on the International Space Station will eat food they grew in space — 249 miles from the surface of Earth.NASA announced Friday the team would finally get to eat the fruits of their labor (or in this case, the leafy greens of their labor) by serving up a plate of “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce that has been growing in the Veggie plant growth system.The system, developed by ORBITEC in Madison, Wisconsin, is the first open-air vegetable garden sent to the ISS, and it uses red, blue and green LEDs to grow the plants using a precise timing method, much like the giant vertical farms popping up around the planet currently.

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