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1st vegetables harvested in the Antarctic

DLR via AP

This undated photo provided by the German aerospace center (DLR) shows radishes before they are harvested in the EDEN-ISS greenhouse at the Neumeyer-Station III on Antarctica. The project, without soil but with a closed water cycle, optimized lighting and carbon dioxide levels, is a test to become part of the nutrition for astronauts in future moon or Mars missions.

The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.

Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say they’ve picked 3.6 kilograms of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as temperatures outside dropped below minus 20 C.

The German Aerospace Center DLR, which coordinates the project, said that by May scientists hope to harvest 4-5 kilograms of fruit and vegetables a week.

While NASA has successfully grown greens on the International Space Station, DLR’s Daniel Schubert says the Antarctic project aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be grown on Mars or the Moon.Speech

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