NASA Astronauts Have Harvested Delicious Space Vegetables Without Any Soil

Earthly space travelers have been trying to perfect orbital botany for a while now.

Growing any edible plants in space is always thrilling but using dirt-like growth materials presents potential resource, mess, and sanitation problems

Watkins grew the cosmic vegetables with the help of a system called XROOTS.

 This is an abbreviation for the eXposed Root On-Orbit Test System,

XROOTS which uses only hydroponic and aeroponic techniques to support a plant through all stages of growth, starting with a seed.

NASA says that the system — created by private sector company Sierra Space

 the XROOTS experiment was just launched back in February and seeing as how it was meant to last 4-6 months

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