Science and Exploration

Veggies Grown in Space

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
June 13, 2014
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Veggies Grown in Space
Veggies Grown in Space

In the International Space Station’s Harmony node, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, Expedition 40 commander, harvests a crop of red romaine lettuce plants that were grown from seed inside the station’s Veggie facility.
The Veggie facility a low-cost plant growth chamber that uses a flat-panel light bank for plant growth and crew observation. For the Veg-01 experiment, researchers are testing and validating the Veggie hardware, and the plants will be returned to Earth to determine food safety.

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