Stuff from the Science Lab Roundup: Space Eats and Grow Houses

Allison Loudermilk

That fresh produce isn't going to last too long for Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka (Image courtesy NASA)

It seems appropriate that I should write this week's Stuff from the Science Lab podcast roundup on grow houses and dinner in space right before lunch, when my stomach is rumbling and I've already ploughed through my measly cup of yogurt and devoured a very wrinkly tangerine. That seems like a rather pathetic spread for lunch, especially when you consider what the astronauts are noshing on in space.

Forget squeezing your meal out of a tube. Space food has come a long way since John Glenn also earned the little-known distinction of being the first U.S. man to eat anything while hanging out in Earth orbit. I'm pretty sure Glenn didn't have the option of diving into mashed potatoes and bacon, courtesy of celeb chef Emeril Lagasse. With this podcast and a ton of other content on space stuff like the Top 10 Moments in Space Bathroom History, we've got you covered once you get into space. All you have to do is get there.

We also chatted about how grow houses work, a subject that's fascinating whether you're inclined to inhale or not. All of you "Weeds" watchers may be more familiar with the logistics of growing the U.S.'s biggest cash crop indoors, but how do you know if you're living next door to such an operation? Robert and I have a few ideas, not the least of which is sniffing the air. But even that's not a fail-safe indicator.

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