The first results of the Veg-01 experiment are in. Astronauts managed to grow the first vegetables in space successfully. Beyond the potential for orbital farms the immediate results already provide fresh food and even recreation for crew members on long-duration missions.

Veggie will provide a new resource for U.S. astronauts and researchers as we begin to develop the capabilities of growing fresh produce and other large plants on the space station,” said Gioia Massa, NASA payload scientist for Veggie. “Determining food safety is one of our primary goals for this validation test.”

YouTube: Astronauts Take First Bites of Space-Grown Lettuce

Photo credit: NASA

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