NASA will be using technology from Tupperware to grow vegetables in space.
NASA is using ordinary tupperware as a way to grow vegetables in space, a huge development that could prove important to future long space flights and a colony on places like Mars. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft set to launch April 2 will be conducting its 14th resupply mission to the International Space Station, and among its cargo will be equipment to research growing vegetables in space.
Astronauts have been using a Vegetable Production System since 2015 to grow crops in space. It has also helped them learn more about how plants respond to gravity, or a lack thereof, and therefore help NASA predict how vegetables will respond in areas outside Planet Earth. It’s been nicknamed the “Veggie” system.
On this mission, they will use a new plant growing system called Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS), a plant growing system that would utilize technology from Tupperware.
“For decades, airtight plastic containers have been synonymous with keeping baked goods and leftovers fresh. Now a manufacturer of iconic, household plasticware is helping provide fresh food in space,” reads a NASA statement. “As the agency plans for future missions to deep space destinations, the nutritional boost of fresh food and the psychological benefits of growing plants becomes more and more paramount. Since 2015, NASA astronauts have supplemented their space diet with fresh greens grown in the Vegetable Production System known as Veggie on the International Space Station.”