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Lettuce in space possible with Madison company


MADISON (WKOW) -- A video has gone viral of astronauts eating lettuce from a plant they grew in space.  They were able to do that with greenhouse units produced by Orbitec, a company in Madison.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the climate-controlled "veggie" unit has been on the space station for more than a year.  It grew lettuce crop, but the plant had to be sent back to Earth for testing before the astronauts could eat it.

Company spokesperson Paul Zamprelli says, "This is big for us as a company. It's a great achievement in our technology and equipment that we build for NASA and for space."

On Monday, astronauts Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui cheered before eating their lettuce, which they seemed to have enjoyed.

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