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Tomorrow, NASA astronauts will finally eat fresh, microgravity-grown veggies

On the menu tomorrow, August 10, at the International Space Station, Expedition 44 crew members will do something mankind has never before done—eat “fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space” while in space.

This weekend NASA announced this small milestone as part of its ongoing plant experiment, Veg-01.The initiative aims to study “the in-orbit function and performance of the plant growth facility and its rooting ‘pillows,’ which contain the seeds.” Monday isn’t the first time anyone will study or taste some of the “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce being grown on the ISS (as Engadget notes, the first batch of Veg-01 crop was sent back for study), but NASA has never before kept the crop in orbit for consumption. The organization notes this ability to create sustainable food is an important ingredient in the organization’s long term plans to reach Mars.

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