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(Fast Company)   "NASA plans to launch 6 romaine lettuce plants to the International Space Station"   (fastcompany.com) divider line 42
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2013-09-10 05:06:06 PM  
I'll bet the Russians beet them to it.
 
2013-09-10 05:09:11 PM  
Does no one consider endive any more?
 
2013-09-10 05:11:47 PM  
They'll still have to launch Caesar dressing, real/fake bacon bits, parmesan and lemon and/or lime juice to make the stuff palatable.
 
2013-09-10 05:13:21 PM  
Pew! Pew! Pew!

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2013-09-10 05:14:16 PM  
We don't need no stinkin' NASA....

 hacknmod.com
 
2013-09-10 05:15:06 PM  
Approves

snltranscripts.jt.org
 
2013-09-10 05:18:02 PM  

MrKevvy: They'll still have to launch Caesar dressing, real/fake bacon bits, parmesan and lemon and/or lime juice to make the stuff palatable.


Or some ranch dressing.  But if you give an astronaut ranch dressing, they're going to want wings.
 
2013-09-10 05:20:04 PM  

palelizard: MrKevvy: They'll still have to launch Caesar dressing, real/fake bacon bits, parmesan and lemon and/or lime juice to make the stuff palatable.

Or some ranch dressing.  But if you give an astronaut ranch dressing, they're going to want wings.


Red Bull and Ranch sounds like a terrible idea.
 
2013-09-10 05:20:48 PM  
So they're launching One Direction and Beiber into orbit? Please be sure to show them all the airlock on the way out!
 
2013-09-10 05:23:00 PM  
How to Make a Salad Mama's Way:

Assemble all wonderfully fresh ingredients. Look at the gorgeous bounty!

Call for delivery of anything other than salad.

Later that night, practice your basketball skills with each piece of produce and the trash or recycling receptacle of your choice.
 
2013-09-10 05:27:21 PM  
Ground control to major Tom

Ground control to major Tom

Take your protien pill and turn the salad shooter oooonnnnnnn.
 
2013-09-10 05:27:39 PM  
Keep The Gpigz away... They'll nom it to nothing!
 
2013-09-10 05:30:32 PM  
I think we all know how this will turn out.

tundratabloids.com

I, for one, welcome our lettuce overlords.
 
2013-09-10 05:37:44 PM  

DoctorWhat: palelizard: MrKevvy: They'll still have to launch Caesar dressing, real/fake bacon bits, parmesan and lemon and/or lime juice to make the stuff palatable.

Or some ranch dressing.  But if you give an astronaut ranch dressing, they're going to want wings.

Red Bull and Ranch sounds like a terrible idea.


Start marketing it as the "RBR Challenge" and maybe we can get a bunch of people to partake.
 
2013-09-10 05:42:37 PM  
I have no doubt that it will grow but they better make sure they harvest it before it bolts (flowers) cause once that happens the leaves get bitter as hell and are hardly worth eating.
 
2013-09-10 05:44:41 PM  
I work next to the Orbitec office. The weird grow lights are visible from the parking lot. Owner drives some crazy kind of electric sports car that he charges with a long-ass extension cord. Interesting equipment out back for venting gases...every so often...PHOOOOOSH PHOOOOOSH PHOOOOSH!!!!
 
2013-09-10 05:47:38 PM  
They also need an aquarium with anchovies if they ever hope to have Caesar salad.
 
2013-09-10 05:54:20 PM  
I wonder why they are using pink LEDs. I've always heard plants in general grow best under purple. I wonder if pink is better for leafy greens or something.
 
2013-09-10 05:59:28 PM  
Why not launch Romanians instead? I volunteer my ex-wife. :D
 
2013-09-10 06:02:23 PM  

hailin: I wonder why they are using pink LEDs. I've always heard plants in general grow best under purple. I wonder if pink is better for leafy greens or something.


I have heard that too. But I've watched them working on this for 2+ years. There's probably a reason.

/just realized I outed myself in thread.
//don't banninate plz
 
2013-09-10 06:02:52 PM  
Growing lettuce in orbit? Farking deer will probably still get to it.
 
2013-09-10 06:13:27 PM  
Sorry for the thread jack.
Have we ever had snakes in space?
I hate them, but would love to see them in zero gravity.
 
2013-09-10 06:17:54 PM  
While lettuce is edible, I would hardly call it food. What they need to try is growing some Martian Mean Green up there.

/weed ..... in ......... spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaacceeeeeeeeeeee!
 
2013-09-10 06:50:57 PM  

Lava_Backflips: Sorry for the thread jack.
Have we ever had snakes in space?
I hate them, but would love to see them in zero gravity.


We've already seen what snakes on a plane can do, so snakes in space is nothing more than a really, really bad idea.

It'd by like 9/11 times a thousand.
 
2013-09-10 06:58:54 PM  
Of course, there is no possible downside to this experiment....

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Oh dear.....
 
2013-09-10 07:13:19 PM  
[floats mystically past, nibbling]
 
2013-09-10 07:25:03 PM  
What? NO-

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2013-09-10 07:29:25 PM  
[...] the possibility of using 3-D printers to make space food

no, thanks
 
2013-09-10 07:30:13 PM  
jayce.dreamstation.com
this will not end well.
 
2013-09-10 07:32:44 PM  
Pinkhouses are replacing greenhouses. More correctly, Magenta light, not pink. Plants, it turns out, do the majority of their photosynthesis using red and infrared light, plus *some* blue, those "full spectrum" bulbs are wasted on plants but good for people.

 Meanwhile, you can make low-heat, power-efficient LED lights in magenta, and put the lights almost right up against the leaves, no wasted space lighting the room, just the plant. There's an operation like this somewhere in/near Ontario, a warehouse with racks and racks of hydroponic lettuce grown under magenta or "pink" light, and it can crank out the equivalent on ten acres in the footprint of just one.  Imagine indoor farms like this for other crops, located inside cities, thus eliminating most of the costs for transporting the food to the people eating it. Growing indoors also means a controlled environment that means no bugs, so no pesticides needed, and no weather damage from storm or drought.
 
2013-09-10 07:40:43 PM  

jtown: I think we all know how this will turn out.

[tundratabloids.com image 300x373]

I, for one, welcome our lettuce overlords.


Over lords, you say?
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2013-09-10 08:05:56 PM  

ronaprhys: Lava_Backflips: Sorry for the thread jack.
Have we ever had snakes in space?
I hate them, but would love to see them in zero gravity.

We've already seen what snakes on a plane can do, so snakes in space is nothing more than a really, really bad idea.

It'd by like 9/11 times a thousand.


OK. Maybe worms would show the same affects. But still, snakes would be way cool.
 
2013-09-10 08:16:24 PM  

thespindrifter: So they're launching One Direction and Beiber into orbit? Please be sure to show them all the airlock on the way out!


Romaine is for Caesar salad. That would be a fruit salad.
 
2013-09-10 08:16:43 PM  

ronaprhys: Lava_Backflips: Sorry for the thread jack.
Have we ever had snakes in space?
I hate them, but would love to see them in zero gravity.

We've already seen what snakes on a plane can do, so snakes in space is nothing more than a really, really bad idea.

It'd by like 9/11 times a thousand.


That's... 911,000!

Even worse, the snakes on a ship would distract the pilot, causing him to crash into the Earth, becoming the equivalent of a nuclear war. It would be 9/11 times 2356!

/i know the ISS/orbits don't work that way.
//the lettuce would also attract the roach people of planet Gyron
///you are worthless alec baldwin
 
2013-09-10 08:18:09 PM  

echomike23: [jayce.dreamstation.com image 636x460]
this will not end well.


Sir I like the cut of your jib.
 
2013-09-10 08:21:54 PM  
The romaine lettuce, it goes to the house?
 
2013-09-10 08:30:39 PM  
Survey Says?
 
2013-09-10 08:59:41 PM  
NASA's going to launch them huh?

On what exactly?
 
2013-09-10 09:24:54 PM  
Due to lingering superstition of bad luck, iceberg lettuce has rarely been allowed on non-earthbound craft since the Titanic incident.
 
2013-09-10 10:04:50 PM  

Any Pie Left: Pinkhouses are replacing greenhouses. More correctly, Magenta light, not pink. Plants, it turns out, do the majority of their photosynthesis using red and infrared light, plus *some* blue, those "full spectrum" bulbs are wasted on plants but good for people.

 Meanwhile, you can make low-heat, power-efficient LED lights in magenta, and put the lights almost right up against the leaves, no wasted space lighting the room, just the plant. There's an operation like this somewhere in/near Ontario, a warehouse with racks and racks of hydroponic lettuce grown under magenta or "pink" light, and it can crank out the equivalent on ten acres in the footprint of just one.  Imagine indoor farms like this for other crops, located inside cities, thus eliminating most of the costs for transporting the food to the people eating it. Growing indoors also means a controlled environment that means no bugs, so no pesticides needed, and no weather damage from storm or drought.


Interesting. I though they used mostly red spectrum for plant growth, but then during fruiting season used mostly blue spectrum. This would be great for lettuce, but I wonder how tomatoes would do.
 
2013-09-11 12:08:24 PM  
Why not Romulan lettuce?
 
2013-09-11 12:59:40 PM  
Yeah, sure.  Lettuce gets to go into orbit, and not one head o' cabbage.  Typical!
 
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