Vegetables grown in space: NASA astronauts eat first lettuce on ISS (VIDEO).

Watch Astronauts Eat Space-Grown Vegetables for the First Time

Watch Astronauts Eat Space-Grown Vegetables for the First Time

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Aug. 15 2015 8:45 AM

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Astronauts enjoy space-cultivated vegetables for the first time on the International Space Station.

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently became the first people to eat food grown extraterrestrially.

Veggie, the ISS’ LED-powered greenhouse, yielded a small crop of red lettuce: half will be sent to Earth for analysis, and the other half became humanity’s first space salad. Received approvingly by the ISS astronauts, the lettuce was chosen by NASA for its taste, ease of cultivation, and low natural microbial levels. Food cultivation will be important for a trip to Mars, and NASA wants to grow more types of food, including small cabbage, tomatoes, and eventually even grains.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.