- NASA is set to launch the largest ever plant growth chamber Vegetable Production System (Veggie) aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule.
- Lettuce will be grown inside prototype Veggie flight pillows that help the plants combat zero gravity.
- Red, blue and green light emitting diodes (LEDs) will sustain the plants. The plant chamber itself can grow to 11.5 inches wide and 14.5 inches deep.
- The plants however remain susceptible to space-borne microorganisms and will undergo extensive testing before consumption. This provides a means to supply crews with a continuous source of fresh food and a tool for relaxation and recreation aboard the International Space Station.
- If successful, it can be scaled up to maintain a sustainable supply of resources for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Possibilities of using it to grow other vegetables, for recreational gardening, and for providing food for average person back at earth are also being explored.
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