- Lettuce grown in space proves to be just as nutritious as lettuce grown on Earth, researchers find.
- Future crewed missions to deep space could grow vegetables en route or at their destination.
- A paper on the research was published in Frontiers in Plant Science.
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A lettuce-growing experiment on the International Space Station yielded produce that was just as nutritious as its counterpart grown back on Earth. The lettuce, which was grown in three batches in the mid-2010s, has been the subject of research aimed at determining in space-grown foods are any different — or perhaps even dangerous — in comparison to the foods we're used to.
If mankind is ever going to be capable of traveling deep into space, visiting or even colonizing other worlds, knowing what foods to grow there will be vital. Determining how space affects the growth of plants is important, but it's even more crucial when you're planning on actually eating those plants. Thus, the lettuce experiment was born.
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