What you’re looking at above is a synthetic leaf that could one day help humans colonize space. To create this, scienctists first extract the protein-based material directly from the silk fiber, which is then used to stabilize organelles. “The man-made leaf is lighter than the real thing, but better suited to long-term life in space because scientists don’t know if organic plants would survive and flourish outside our atmosphere the way humans would need them to. And if mankind is to colonize space, those living on another planet would need to produce their own O2 gas,” says RT. Continue reading for more.