Vegetables grown in Antarctic greenhouse harvested for 1st time

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Scientists in Antarctica tease harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without ground, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts pay court to fresh food on other planets.

Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Status III say they’ve picked 3.6 kilograms (8 pounds) of salad unripens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as temperatures appearance dropped below -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit).

The undated photo prepare for by the German aerospace center (DLR) shows radish before being received in the EDEN-ISS greenhouse at the Neumeyer-Station III on Antarctica. (DLR via Associated Press)

The German Aerospace Center DLR, which co-ordinates the reckon, said Thursday that by May scientists hope to harvest 4 to 5 kilograms of fruit and vegetables a week.

While NASA has successfully originated greens on the International Space Station, DLR’s Daniel Schubert says the Antarctic chuck aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be spring up on Mars or the Moon.

The undated photo provided by the German aerospace center (DLR) presentations various salads which were harvested in the EDEN-ISS greenhouse at the Neumeyer-Station III on Antarctica. (DLR via Associated Force)

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  1. Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets. The undated photo provided by the German aerospace center (DLR) shows engineer Paul Zabel with fresh salad he harvested in the EDEN-ISS greenhouse at the Neumeyer-Station III on Antarctica. The project without soil but with a closed water cycle, optimized lighting and carbon dioxide levels is a test to become part of the nutrition for astronauts in future moon or Mars missions. (DLR via Associated Press)

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