Science and Exploration

Growing Red Lettuce In Space

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
December 9, 2017
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Growing Red Lettuce In Space
Red Lettuce

Red lettuce is pictured being cultivated inside the Veggie facility for the Veg-03 botany experiment.
Future long-duration space missions will look to have crew members grow their own food, so understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step toward that goal. Veg-03 uses the Veggie plant growth facility to cultivate a type of cabbage, lettuce and mizuna which are harvested on-orbit with samples returned to Earth for testing.

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