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Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.
NASA is maturing Veggie technology aboard the space station to provide future pioneers with a sustainable food supplement – a critical part of NASA’s Journey to Mars. As NASA moves toward long-duration exploration missions farther into the solar system, Veggie will be a resource for crew food growth and consumption. It also could be used by astronauts for recreational gardening activities during deep space missions.
"There is evidence that supports fresh foods, such as tomatoes, blueberries and red lettuce are a good source of antioxidants. Having fresh food like these available in space could have a positive impact on people's moods and also could provide some protection against radiation in space," Wheeler said.
Well my reply was a bit tongue in cheek since I doubt they can grow enough food yet to be self sustaining now, but that is something to consider as a possible goal in the future. The re-supply missions also include CO2 scrubbers, though I don't know if they can get plants to consume enough CO2 to also cut back on the need for CO2 scrubbing. If they can, that would kill two birds with one stone. I'm guessing the ISS probably can't reach such goals with its design, but a larger orbital habitat like the one in the movie "Elysium" might.
originally posted by: Syllar
a reply to: Arbitrageur
Exactly! that and all expenses related to launches can be avoided... The fuel, materials, etc, etc.
Hadn't thought about that yet, so thank you.