August 13, 2015
We love to support our farming friends at this time of the year as they work around the clock to bring the harvest in. Throughout August Britain’s fields are lit up until the earlier hours of the morning as farmers race to get their crops undercover before the autumn rains set in.
But the weather won’t be a problem for one farm this year, which is proving to be out of this world.
For the first time ever, astronauts from Nasa are harvesting lettuce they have grown in outer space. The lettuce has been cultivated on the International Space Station in a laboratory mini-farm currently in orbit above the earth.
The break through is being heralded as a step towards astronauts becoming self-sufficient and this will enable them to venture deeper into space for longer, allowing humans to explore our galaxy further.
The system uses red, blue and green LED lights to nourish the plants as they grow and was developed by NASA in the 1990s.
Dr Ray Wheeler, of the Nasa Kennedy Space Centre in California, said that evidence so far points to the possibility of growing tomatoes and blueberries as well as the lettuce.
So before long astronauts will be able to enjoy salads and fruit all cultivated in space.
How’s that for local produce?
We’ve got just one question. Why no rocket?