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Astronauts Host Taco Party After Harvesting “Space Chile” Peppers!

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station likely spent the weekend testing zero gravity’s effect on indigestion after they hosted a taco party to celebrate their first harvest of space-grown chile peppers.

Friday’s celebration came four months after the crew first planted chile pepper seeds in Plant Habitat-04, which NASA says is “the most complex plant experiment on the orbiting laboratory to date.” Previous gardening experiments saw the astronauts successfully grow lettuce, radishes and flowering zinnias.

After picking the freshly-grown chili peppers on Friday, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur used them to make her “best space tacos yet: fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and hatch chili,” she wrote on Twitter.

NASA says growing food in space has big advantages for endeavors like trying to visit Mars.

So far, astronauts have successfully grown 10 different crops on the space station since 2015 and had the chance to sample each one.

Would you try a space chile?


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