back to article Lettuce in SPAAACE: Captive ISS 'nauts insist orbital veg is 'awesome'

As promised, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have eaten the first ever "fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space" - "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce. Astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui were the first to sample the produce from the Veggie orbiting vegetable patch, although …

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LED grow lamps ....

... not all they are cracked up to be. Much less yield than (say) HPS or MH.

Although it does depend what exactly you are growing.

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Re: LED grow lamps ....

Really Officer, it's lettuce er or wild parsley, I'm having trouble remembering.

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Re: I'm having trouble remembering.

That's because marijuana can impair memory, cognitive ability and, erm.... oh yeah, memory!

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Could this technology be used to grow hops?

Just curious...

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Re: Could this technology be used to grow hops?

Micro (gravity) brewery!

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Brewing in SPAAAACE

I'm trying to work out whether brewing would actually work in space.

As yeast grows and dies it rises and sinks through the beer with different yeasts doing different things.

No gravity would imply no up/down rising/falling. Would the yeast actually function properly?

Perhaps we need to work out an XPrize mission to find out. After all, this is very important; sending a mission to Mars and beyond with no beer would be seriously bad for morale.

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It's lettuce Jim, but not as we know it.

Doesn't taste that good Bones.

Damn it Jim. I'm an doctor not a botanist.

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Doesn't taste that good Bones.

It has to be better than that stuff most USAian restaurants sell as lettuce.

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And our grocery stores.

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Missed their chance

Should have grown Rocket.

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One giant fart

One small step to the fart in a spacesuit gag becoming reality.

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Re: One giant fart

We've had them since 1972.

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Re: One giant fart

So gastronauts in both senses then?

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Jokes and puns aside this is what you need to start to do *serious* exploring.

You can't send people dot Mars/Venus/Jupiter on a huge wave of ready meal boxes.

Now you did remember to pack the ingredients for the dressing, didn't you?

Otherwise

"Houston, we have a problem."

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Re: Jokes and puns aside this is what you need to start to do *serious* exploring.

I keep thinking 'Crouton we have a problem!' I can't figure out why for the leaf of me.

That would be my green coat ;-}

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How long before "Space grown" becomes the new Organic

No need for pesticides in space.

Plus, think of the market for *ehem* other plant's. Could call that particular strain Spaceman. Guaranteed to get you as high as where it was grown. ;-)

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So the 'Right Stuff' for being an astronaut now, is being a Vegan.

How much 'Space Lettuce' would you have to grow to get you to MARS and back? Can't they just send up lots of packs of Marks & Spencer's Wafer Thin Ham?....its WAFER thin, NASA.

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Re: How much 'Space Lettuce' would you have to grow to get you to MARS and back?

Not much if Patrick Smash is on board...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283054/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Re: So the 'Right Stuff' for being an astronaut now, is being a Vegan.

"How much 'Space Lettuce' would you have to grow to get you to MARS and back?"

I was thinking along the lines of the American Indians' "Three Maidens", Corn, beans, and squash planted together.

Simple, easy to grow, and about as nutritionally complete as vegan fare gets. Just make sure to pack lime for nixtamalizing the corn.

And to make sure the mission succeeds, look the other way when when some astronaut smuggles a pig onboard. :)

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Alien

That's NOT a lettuce

Das is ein THING!

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Alien

Cordon Bleughh!!

Apparently it tastes delicious on a Ritz Cracker, washed down with a nice glass of Urine Recyc

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Re: Cordon Bleughh!!

If we do meet any Alien civilizations out there, we'd better not breathe on them in case we start a Galactic War.

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Re: Cordon Bleughh!!

...we'd better not breathe on them in case we start a Galactic Garlictic War.

FTFY, they might have some even more potent strains of the stuff...

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Gas Giant...

= Portly Astronaut.

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Re: Gas Giant...

That joke stinks!

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Ground Control to Major Tom

Your lettuce is red, there's something wrong

Can you hear me, Major Tom?

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lettuce pray that this mission is a success

Cos it deserves to be.

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Priorities up the spout

Why start with the least important ingredient of a BLT?

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Re: Priorities up the spout

Patience Grasshopper. One must start with a single-step before one makes bacon.

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I think the logical next step is space farming.

I mean, you can grow food for the cows now, and if you were to just use those pygmy ones, you could have a little herd floating about up there.

And as they wouldn't need to use any muscles, even the rump steak would be awesome.

I'm sure it'll be sold in M&S for 100 times the price, so those with too much money can spend it.

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And reduce methane emissions on earth!

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It's about damn time they started being self sufficient up there.

It's certainly a good way to recycle solid waste, especially on long voyages. I'll be waiting to see how far they take this.

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QUATERMASS

I bet you thought this was a drama not a documentary!

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