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July 27, 2019 - New York Times

A Menu for Mars? NASA Plans to Grow Chiles in Space

A Menu for Mars? NASA Plans to Grow Chiles in Space
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Astronauts would probably have to grow some of their own food to survive a round trip to Mars.

The next time astronauts make a giant leap in space travel, it could be with a mission to Mars, making the question of nutrition a lot more difficult. The round-trip journey is expected to take up to three years, and the astronauts may have to grow some of their own food. Scientists are working on building a garden in space. The goal is to grow fresh produce to supplement existing packaged foods.

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