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January 4, 2021

Space Radishes

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:15 am
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Radishes have been grown and consumed on the ISS for the first time.  This is the first time any vegetable other than leafy greens have been grown and consumed in space.  Success here hold out hope that long term spaceflight can be at least partially sustained by in transit farming. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


  1. My live-in father-in-law was obsessed with this story, not surprising given his abiding interests in both gardening and real life space exploration. Look up ISS cookie baking experiments if you want to go down the rabbit hole of food production experience in space.

    Comment by Steve — January 4, 2021 @ 10:30 am

  2. It is a really interesting subject. Easy to spend a lot of time reading about it.

    Comment by dknights — January 4, 2021 @ 10:42 am

  3. Next stop: hogs and cattle for bacon and hamburgers. 🙂
    Seriously though, this is way cool.
    Fun fact: I have been on board the ISS. Really, I have. Before they started launching the payloads to assemble it, I happened to be visiting a pard of mine in Huntsville who was a contractor to one of the SDI companies. NASA had assembled the completed ISS in a warehouse in the far backside of Redstone Arsenal to make sure everything fit, went together well, etc. I got a VIP tour. 🙂

    Comment by Warren — January 4, 2021 @ 11:50 am

  4. Radishes are nice, insects and yeast are realistic.

    Comment by Jeff Groves — January 4, 2021 @ 1:23 pm

  5. Insects. Yuck!

    Comment by dknights — January 4, 2021 @ 5:50 pm

  6. In truth David they are a great source of protein. If you want to cultivate food in transit to sustain the crew members, insects would be a likely candidate.

    Comment by Warren — January 4, 2021 @ 5:52 pm

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