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Agriculture out of this world
Farming on Mars
Although a manned mission to Mars is probably 10 or more years away, Bucklin is designing a greenhouse that explorers might use on the cold, waterless planet. He and his associates are experimenting
Once the greenhouse meets specifications, it will be tested on Mars. "It probably would be something we would inflate," Bucklin says. "There are some engineering problems, but they are doable things."
The greenhouse would allow Mars explorers to supplement their diets with fresh fruit and vegetables. ""When they land on Mars, they're going to be there for a while," Bucklin says. "You get awfully
Career opportunities will abound for agricultural engineers in the field of space exploration, says Bucklin, a professor of agricultural and biological engineering. "NASA is very interested in working with
In fact, NASA envisions the eventual "terra-forming" of Mars, the modification of the the planet's environment to sustain life as it is known on Earth. This might be accomplished through the deliberate
Dr. Imre Friedmann, a microbiologist at Florida State University, believes that bacteria named Chroococcidiopsis, which can survive in extremely harsh environments such as the Ross Desert in
NASA scientists have studied hydroponic food production for space flights for a long time. The space agency also maintains a technology transfer program in which its scientific discoveries may be
For more information, see On the Farm with NASA and the href="http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/news/2001/news-marsgreening.asp">Greening of Mars on the NASA Kids site.
The University of Wisconsin has devised this farming in space experiment for high-school students.
May 21, 2013
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