Watch astronauts finally munch on space-grown lettuce

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Space Farm-to-Table: Astronauts Get First Taste of Food Grown in Space

Alien lettuce is a thing. And it tastes like arugula.

In an attempt to experiment with space-grown food, the International Space Station crew recently tried their own lettuce, which was "planted" and grown in the station's "space farm."

The lettuce took 33 days to grow from seeds that were carried onto the station over a year ago, but activated only about a month before the final tasting.

According to the Independent, the farm's technology uses a combination of red, blue and green LEDs to make the lettuce grow in a way that makes the final product look familiar to the one on Earth.

This is an important steps that opens the door to sustainable solution to the food issue for when humans will try to inhabit Mars or embark on another trip far into space.

See photos of the space lettuce:

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Watch astronauts finally munch on space-grown lettuce
Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station. Expedition 44 crew members, including NASA's one-year astronaut Scott Kelly, are ready to sample the fruits of their labor after harvesting a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce Monday, Aug. 10, from the Veggie plant growth system on the nation’s orbiting laboratory. (Photo via NASA)
NASA plans to grow food on future spacecraft and on other planets as a food supplement for astronauts. Fresh food, such as vegetables, provide essential vitamins and nutrients that will help enable sustainable deep space pioneering. (Photo via NASA)
Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. (Photo via NASA)

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