NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have finally located a tiny tomato that went missing for over eight months. The tomato, part of the Veg-05 experiment, was lost by NASA astronaut Frank Rubio after a March 2023 harvest. Rubio's share of the tomatoes, stored in a Ziploc bag, floated away before he could consume it. The tomato's disappearance became a humorous inside joke among the ISS crew.

During a live-streamed event celebrating the ISS's 25th anniversary, NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli announced the tomato's discovery, exonerating Rubio. The tomato's retrieval showcased the challenges of maintaining order in the vast, microgravity environment of the ISS, equivalent in size to a six-bedroom house. While the tomato incident provided amusement, Rubio's extended mission, lasting 371 days, presented emotional challenges due to his separation from family and friends. Nevertheless, he expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community during his time in space. The incident highlights the unpredictability of life and research in space, offering valuable insights for future lunar and Martian gardening experiments.