The first Antarctic greenhouse harvest may lettuce go to Mars
Lettuce on the moon might sound like the name of a prog-rock song, but that’s the eventual plan. This morning, Germany’s Aerospace Centre DLR announced that their experimental Antarctic greenhouse had harvested its first crops: 8 pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers, and 70 radishes, as reported by the Associated Press. It’s the first result of a project begun in January, when the greenhouse arrived in Antarctica, but there promises to be more to come. In addition to the veggies they just harvested, the scientists also planted strawberries, bell peppers, and a number of herbs. By May, DLR says they expect to be able to get about 10 pounds of produce per week.