How New Mexico chiles ended up on the space station

A NASA mission to harvest Hatch green chiles in space just might help farmers on earth adapt their growing methods.

  • A green chile floats above a cutting board as astronauts conduct a taste test after the first harvest in October. A new crew will conduct a final harvest of the peppers in late November.

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  • A taco made by ISS astronauts uses fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and freshly harvested New Mexico chile peppers.

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  • NASA astronaut Megan McArthur cleans up debris in the International Space Station’s Plant Habitat, which is growing New Mexico chiles for a space crop experiment. The chile peppers started growing on July 12, 2021. The experiment is one of the longest and most challenging plant experiments attempted aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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