February 22, 2024

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What do ISS tomatoes lost in space for 8 months look like? NASA shares the image

What do ISS tomatoes lost in space for 8 months look like?  NASA shares the image

Astronaut Frank Rubio may feel right after finally finding the material that was missing from his watch aboard the International Space Station.

But many who learned of the news of the famous astronaut’s acquittal may have been left with a burning question: What do tomatoes that have been floating in zero gravity for months actually look like?

Thanks to NASA, we finally have our answer. In what may be a surprising development, it’s not one tomato, but two.

Space agency He shared the photo last week, along with a detailed description of the experiment that ultimately led to the fresh crop disappearing without a trace. It was Rubio’s tomato, so naturally he took the blame — until his fellow astronauts recently found the tomato remains and came clean.

“Other than some discoloration, there was no obvious microbial or fungal growth,” NASA said of the fruit, which was found in a dried and slightly crushed plastic bag.

September 27, 2023: In this handout photo taken and released by Roscosmos Expedition 69, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio (center) of the International Space Station (ISS) crew is assisted by specialists after landing in the Soyuz MS-23 capsule in the area Remote.  Area near the city of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.  The trio returned to Earth after spending 371 days in space as members of Expeditions 68-69 aboard the International Space Station.  For Rubio, his mission is the longest spaceflight by an American astronaut in history.

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“I didn’t eat those tomatoes,” Rubio says.

Astronaut Frank Rubio works with tomato plants growing on the International Space Station as part of a botany study.

NASA now says that Rubio accidentally lost track of tomatoes while harvesting for an orbiting root test system (X Roots) The experiment he conducted in 2022 while on board the space station. Previous media coverage suggested that the tomatoes were part of a different experiment Vegetarian-05which was conducted in 2023.