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Veggie: vegetarian NASA mission to space

"Veggie" is a low-cost incubator using a panel with light emitting diodes (LED) red, blue and green for growing plants and observation by astronauts

The Dragon spacecraft, which measures 4.4 meters high and 3.66 meters in diameter and has a capacity to carry up to six crew members and about three tons of cargo carried in its hold a growth chamber experiment called plant Veg-01 or "Veggie" which could expand the capacity of food production in orbit, NASA said.

'Veggie' will provide a new resource for astronauts and researchers, to develop the capacity to grow fresh produce and other large plants on the space station. The determination of food safety is one of the primary goals for this validation test.

"Veggie" is a low-cost incubator using a panel with light emitting diodes (LED) red, blue and green for growing plants and observation by the astronauts.

Research will focus on the cultivation and development of seedlings of red romaine lettuce in the environment of that station, which orbits about 385 miles from Earth and about 27,000 miles per hour.

With its unique design, "Veggie" can be folded for transport and storage and then expands up to 45 inches as the plants grow inside.

The growth area is 29 inches wide and 37 inches deep, which is the largest plant nursery has been sent into space.

NASA now focuses his attention on exploration missions that require long-term ability of astronauts to grow food in their journeys.

traslation: Belén Zapata