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Answers for Authors: Could an astronaut really grow their own food? (re-posted)

30 Jul 2018, 22:51 UTC
Answers for Authors: Could an astronaut really grow their own food? (re-posted)
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Yes. Yes they can. In fact, the future of salad in space looks multi-coloured, crunchy, and even good enough to protect against the space crazies. I mean... I'm not saying they might not prefer rare steak. But stuffing a cow into a rocket isn't easy.Disclaimer: Not a real space cow.Nor would mucking one out be, although sending living things into space to see what weird things happen to them is a long and horrifying tradition. In fact it's how the story of fruit and veg in space begins: America was shooting seeds of maize, rye and cotton above the atmosphere, well before NASA came along, on V2 rockets capture from Nazi Germany. This wasn’t a simple case engineers imbibing a bottle of scotch and wondering ‘what can we do with this rocket thing then’. To prove who was the smartest country to the world, they wanted to put a human into space. Having them come back horribly mutated, screaming insane, or just plain dead would not net anyone a Christmas bonus - so they needed to see what effects space would have on living tissue. A lot of critters were eventually sent up...Above: All the space critters, courtesy of Space.com....but ...

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