Astronauts harvest first chili on the International Space Station, make tacos with them

NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) saw its first crop harvest on October 29. The agency shared a photo on Twitter, mentioning that the station’s first harvest was chili peppers. This harvest was part of an ISS experiment called the Plant Habitat-04 study. Astronaut Megan McArthur, who is stationed at the ISS, posted another update about this feat. The crew on board enjoyed some tacos, thanks to the chili peppers they harvested at the station. McArthur tweeted: “Friday party. After the harvest, we tasted red and green chili. Then we filled out surveys (must have the data). Finally, I made my best space tacos to date: fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and hatching chile. “

Tweets sparked many reactions on the micro-blog platform. The users were in awe of the space-grown food. Many dropped questions about the process of growing food in space. Some even wondered how the filling inside the tacos managed to remain intact in the micro-gravity.

Such a user (@ spidey87824157) requested to cook or collect video for tacos. He commented, “How do you chop chili at all without floating away a bit?”

Another user (@loneliestpickle) posted a funny GIF of a huge taco floating in space. The reaction was, “So what you’re really saying is that tacos were out of this world?”

Several interesting comments flowed in. One user (@Alexandrinian) claimed that chili peppers grown in space would sell at a high price at an auction. He took a fun tomb of the “gourmet type” and added, “It might even be worth enough money to renovate the entire station.”

This user (@ VickyFr76545922) was not happy with pepper farms at the station. For him, “chili is not enough.” He suggested in a cheeky way that the ISS should also plan a poultry farm. “Just take two or three broilers and open your poultry farm in the onions, chickens come out and then chickens become chickens, and then chickens will lay more eggs.”


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