A sustained presence on the International Space Station, Future Space Exploration Vehicles and Planetary Outposts requires new technologies to provide astronauts with food, water, and a means to keep fit. These technologies are tested under extreme conditions before being used in space – such as the new methods in farming being tested aboard the EDEN ISS.
The recent harvest provided the crew the first salad in months.
As part of our relationship with the Life Sciences Labs at NASA, we are looking at how plants can be grown more efficiently and how to better harvest their nutrients.
My mother used to tell me: “We cook vegetables to taste better, but it’s the raw vegetables that have the most nutrients.”
The problem in our industry is that companies use heat and solvents to create botanical extracts, which destroy these nutrients in the same way as cooking does.
By employing NASA Zero-Gravity technology, there is now a better way to capture these vital nutrients and isolate the key beneficial molecules from plants – without heat and without solvents.
10X the concentration of active components of traditional botanicals, based on analysis by two independent labs.