Aug 12 2015

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Astronauts Snack on Space-Grown Lettuce for First Time. It took 33 days to grow the lettuce in the Veggie Plant Growth Facility, built by Orbital Technologies Corp. in Madison, Wisconsin.

Expedition 44 crewmembers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, together with Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Monday (Aug. 10) happily chomped on “Outredgeous” red romaine lettuce, which they freshly harvested from the orbiting lab’s Veggie plant growth system.

“That’s awesome,” remarked Lindgren on his first bite.

“Tastes good,” added Kelly.

“I like that,” said Yui.

The three first tasted the lettuce plain, before also trying it with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

“It tastes like arugula,” said Kelly.

“It’s fresh,” replied Lindgren.

The three saved a few leaves for their Russian cosmonaut crewmates, two of whom were out on a spacewalk.

And if one mentions Wisconsin, then one must embed this clip:

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