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Veggie is Up and Running! (NASA, International Space Station, 05/13/14)

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posted by alias NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on Wednesday 14th of May 2014 03:58:20 PM

In this photo, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson with the Veggie facility aboard the International Space Station. Excerpt from Weekly Science Highights: NASA astronaut Steve Swanson completed the assembly, installation and checkout of the Veggie facility aboard the International Space Station, and then initiated the Veg-01 validation run. Veggie is a new facility that can potentially lead to "edible results." Veggie is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops to provide the crew with appetizing, nutritious and safe fresh food. It also will provide a venue for future plant growth research. Veggie is a low-cost growth chamber that uses a flat-panel light bank that includes red, blue and green LEDs for plant growth and crew observation. Its unique design is collapsible for transport and storage and expandable up to a foot and a half as plants grow inside it. The investigation will focus on the growth and development of "Outredgeous" lettuce seedlings in the spaceflight environment. An improved understanding of the basic growth and environmental response phenomena of living organisms has important implications for improving growth and biomass production on Earth. Veggie technology might also be readily adaptable to hort-therapy and recreational activities for elderly or disabled individuals. Read all highlights: Image credit: NASA More about space station research: View more photos like this in the "Space Station Research Affects Lives" Flickr album: ________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit:

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