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NASA bets the farm on the long-term viability of space agriculture

A new plant habitat is on its way to the space station
Astronaut farmer

NASA/Sean Smith

Old MacDonald had a space farm.

If you give an astronaut a packet of food, she'll eat for a day. If you teach an astronaut how to farm in space, she'll eat for a lifetime—or at least for a 6-month-long expedition on the International Space Station.

Since its earliest missions, NASA has been focused on food, something astronauts need whether they're at home on Earth or orbiting 250-odd

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