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Salads in space? Astronauts try growing own veggies

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WASHINGTON — As salad ingredients go, romaine lettuce ranks somewhere between limp carrots and dried radishes on the excitement scale.

But add a dash of outer space, and suddenly that frilly leaf is looking downright exotic, especially to astronauts used to food wrapped in plastic.

Gardening in space could become a reality soon if NASA is able to grow its first crop of romaine lettuce on the International Space Station.

Astronauts began the farming experiment in early May and —…

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