Yes, This is a Fresh Tomato Orbiting in Space at 4.8 Miles Per Second

By Jesus Diaz on at

No, this is not a photoshop. You are looking at a fresh tomato -- a cosmomato? A tomatonaut? -- floating in space, orbiting at 4.791 miles per second, 230 miles above your heads. Why the hell is there a tomato in space?

If you're a good spacenerd cadet, you know already that the only things orbiting at 4.791 miles per second, 230 miles above your heads, and capable of having a fresh tomato onboard could be a.) the International Space Station or b.) an alien spaceship full of sentient, warp-drive capable alien tomatoes getting ready to strike our planet for centuries of tomato sacrifices by humans.

Astronaut Koichi Wakata‏ has the answer: "One fresh tomato for dinner makes us happy in space. It came up with us on Soyuz TMA-11M two weeks ago." We presume the photo was shot inside the spacecraft, floating against the window.

I wish I could have tomato salads in space too.

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