Let us remind you that on board the International Space Station there is an orbital garden in which astronauts have been experimenting with the cultivation of various vegetables and fruits for several years. This is not an easy task, because the conditions of microgravity prevail there, so the physical and chemical processes are slightly different there than on the surface of our planet.
The cosmic garden is called Plant Habitat-02. The American astronaut Kate Rubins, who has been staying in a space home since October last year, is involved in overseeing it. On a daily basis, she deals with other experiments there, including DNA sequencing, the development of mRNA vaccines and genetic modifications.
In early December, Rubins boasted about the fruits, and in fact vegetables, of her hard work. The astronaut grew as many as 20 radishes. We now hear that the astronauts consumed some of them during the holidays. It turns out that radishes are just as tasty as those grown on Earth. This is great news from the point of view of the colonization of the Moon or Mars and the feeding of astronauts.
The remaining radishes, which were not eaten by the crew, were packed and frozen in Its science mobile refrigerators. In April of next year, they will return with Rubins to Earth and go to NASA laboratories, where they will be subjected to further testing. Scientists will check their taste, smell and nutritional value more closely, and compare them with a control group that was bred on Earth. Then we should find out if there are any significant differences between them that the astronauts did not notice when consuming them.