German scientists working in Antarctica have grown a crop of vegetables for the first time without soil or daylight in a project aimed at learning how to grow fresh food on other planets.
— DLR – English (@DLR_en) March 30, 2018
The Associated Press reported this week that the researchers harvested about 8 pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a greenhouse, despite outside temperatures below zero.
The German Aerospace Center DLR, which ran the project, said the growing continues and researchers hope to harvest more vegetables each week.
NASA has grown greens on the International Space Station, but DLR says the researchers in Antarctica are hoping to produce a broader range of produce.
The group is hoping to show ways fresh produce can be grown on Mars or the Moon.