There is some good news for the world of science, and that is no more space food for astronauts!
According to First Post, scientists create high-tech planters allowing astronauts to grow food in space. Considering astronauts are used to eating freeze-dried food that can only be ingested after absorbing water, we could only imagine this revelation is music to their ears.
Fresh food is probably one of the most appealing things to astronauts, and although not much fresh produce has been created in space, they saw some luck back in 2016, when they were able to cultivate a few lettuce heads on the International Space Station (ISS). It goes without saying that astronauts spend a lot of time in space, so anything, such as fresh produce, can remind them of home back on Earth, which is quite a comforting feeling for them.
According to the source, the longest stays at the ISS have been six months, and with people traveling to Mars in the near future, they can expect to be in space for at least a year! This is a long time to be away from family, friends, and of course, yummy nutritious food. With major plans underway such as the European Space Agency building a lunar base in 2030 as a stopover to Mars, and NASA intending to fly directly there with a target landing date of 2030, it’s important to get astronauts some better food!
Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology says how “the way space travel works today, it’s almost impossible to take along all the resources you need,” which is why developing a biological system so astronauts can produce their own food is necessary! With that being said, scientists are coming to the rescue by creating high-tech planters that will allow astronauts to grow beans while in space.
The beans will be placed in a centrifuge to sprout and grow whilst in the space station, and is rotated to create different amounts of gravity. From vacuum-packed foods to fresh produce, this is a major step in the right direction! Not only is this massive news for astronauts, but it also leads to the question as to whether or not this method can allow us to produce more food on Earth in a more sustainable way? Stay tuned!