News Date: March 15 2016
Establishing a sustainable colony on Mars would come with incredible challenges, none more pressing than figuring out how to keep inhabitants from starving.
To the delight of sci-fi fans, the innovative approach of fictional astronaut Mark Watney to growing potatoes in the movie “The Martian” might just be the solution.
Scientists at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands say they have successfully grown —and harvested—several crops, including tomatoes and peas, in simulated Martian and lunar soils.
The goal of the ongoing study is to provide the basis for growing crops on Mars and the moon, the researchers say.