NASA Lost a Tomato In Space

Did you hear they lost a tomato on the International Space Station? Here’s what happened and why it matters (besides just being funny).

Astronauts on the ISS started growing tomatoes as part of NASA’s “XROOTS” experiment, which was all about growing plants without soil and hopefully sustaining astronauts on longer missions. Astronaut Frank Rubio harvested the first tomato in space and swore he thought he put it in a plastic bag and velcroed it into its proper spot. But when he came back later, it was gone. It became kind of a joke on the ISS… but finally, 8 months later, the crew announced that they FOUND IT…

Beyond the fun space mystery, this is really a story about people figuring out how to better grow food in space – which is exciting for the future of space travel.

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