Astronauts have tacos made with peppers grown in space — looking to grow tomatoes in the future
- Astronauts harvest pepper plants at the
International Space Station.
- They made
space tacosusing the first peppers cultivated in space.
- The peppers took four months to grow and will be sent to earth for further research.
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Astronauts and the research team at ISS tweeted about the new development and shared how the tacos tasted. As per the tweet, NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei got the honour of harvesting the station’s first crop of chile peppers as a part of the Plant Habitat-04 study and called it one of the most challenging station plant experiments to date.
Happy pepper picking day aboard the @Space_Station!️Today @Astro_Sabot gets the honor of harvesting the station’s… https://t.co/MpYfLEQof9— ISS Research (@ISS_Research) 1635519591000
Friday Feasting! After the harvest, we got to taste red and green chile. Then we filled out surveys (got to have t… https://t.co/S1UiENEewk— Megan McArthur (@Astro_Megan) 1635540980000
Adding spice in space
The peppers took four months to grow, and they were harvested only last week. The peppers were supposed to be sent back to the earth for more analysis with SpaceX’s Crew-3 astronauts who were supposed to take a flight to the ISS on October 30. However, the mission was delayed by a 'medical issue' and it will now launch on November 6 or later.
According to this NASA report, the pepper that was grown at the space station was selected after testing varieties of peppers for two years. It is a hybrid Hatch pepper, a term that is used for all peppers grown in Hatch, New Mexico, and the Hatch Valley in southern New Mexico.
”The challenge is the ability to feed crews in low-Earth orbit, and then to sustain explorers during future missions beyond low-Earth orbit to destinations including the Moon, as part of the Artemis program, and eventually to Mars,” said Matt Romeyn, principal investigator of the experiment.
Growing plants in space
Apart from growing
The Veggie garden is small and can typically hold six plants. Its primary purpose is to help NASA study plant growth in microgravity and add fresh food to the diet of the Astronauts in space.
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