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Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

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A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene. Now there is no excuse not to eat your vegetables, even if you're an astronaut in space. A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station as part of a resupply mission by the Space X company. The produce-growing device is called simply Veggie. It's about the size of a microwave and uses LED lights. Sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink with lettuce inside.

NASA hopes it can provide astronauts with a rare fresh meal. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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