NASA: Space Food Is Now Officially a Thing

Aug 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm |
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What Do Astronauts Eat in Space?

“It was one small bite for man, one giant leap for #NASAVEGGIE and our #JourneytoMars” tweeted NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. He was one of the first three astronauts to eat food grown entirely in space.


Kelly, famous for his ongoing attempt to be the first American to spend a year in space, has been photo-documenting the agricultural science experiment for some time now. Yesterday (August 9), he gave us a preview of what seemed like some seriously scary, Little Shop of Horrors-looking lettuce. But today, the men on the ISS ate that produce with pride.

The first taste of space food came in the form of lettuce–“Outredgeous” red romaine, to be precise–which the astronauts have been growing since May 2014. They said the lettuce was fresh– a welcome change from the paste and freeze-dried foods they’re used to on the International Space Station!

According to Kelly, this ability to grow fresh produce in space is a huge accomplishment in terms of space exploration. “On the way to Mars and on the way back, you’re not going to be able to get resupplies,” he said. “We’re going to need to be completely self-sufficient. This is a big step in that direction.”

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