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Mystery of tomato ever grown in space that went missing has finally been resolved

Tuesday, 12/12/2023, 16:54 (GMT+7)

An American astronaut, Frank Rubio, was accused of eating the tomato, the first fruit to have grown in space.

 The first tomato in space was missing 

This year in March, Frank Rubio, an American astronaut who currently holds the record for the longest spaceflight (370 days), grew the first tomato in space.

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The first tomato, which grew in space, has finally been resolved. Image Credits: NASA

This is considered not only part of an experiment to grow produce in space but also to prepare for the anticipation of longer missions later on.

This was the first time a red Robin tomato was grown in space. Rubio was proud of himself at this point—until he lost it in space.

Then he was accused of 'losing' one of the first tomatoes in space. The consequence is that all astronauts on board spend hours looking for it on the space station.

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Rubio told the NASA interview: "I harvested, I think, what was the first tomato in space, and I put it in a little bag.". Image Credits: NASA

The American astronaut was then accused of secretly eating a tomato—the first fruit to have grown in space—by his colleagues.

Rubio told the NASA interview: "I harvested, I think, what was the first tomato in space, and I put it in a little bag."

The first tomato, which grew in space, was found months later

As reported by Space.com, after the tomato harvest in March, each astronaut received a tomato sample in a Ziploc bag.

However, Rubio was accused of 'losing' one of the first tomatoes that was grown in space.

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Frank Rubio was accused of eating the tomato—the first fruit to have grown in space. Image Credits: NASA

According to NASA, the astronauts were warned against eating the fruit in space due to concerns about potential fungal contamination.

Later, Frank Rubio left the stadium. However, Rubio can now substantiate his innocence.

The mystery of a tomato ever grown in space that went missing has finally been resolved. As reported, the reason why the tomato, which grew in space, went missing is reposted: Rubio took it out to show students his achievement and then accidentally misplaced it.

During Wednesday's livestream, NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli said: "Our good friend Frank Rubio, who headed home, has been blamed for quite a while for eating the tomato. But we can exonerate him. We found the tomato."

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An American astronaut, Frank Rubio, was accused of losing the tomato—the first fruit grown in space. Image Credits: NASA

The location and state of the tomato were not disclosed by the astronauts. In October, Rubio speculated that the humidity at the space station might have caused it to wither into an unrecognizable rot.