PRESS Title : NASA Wants to Grow Potatoes on Mars
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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - iana
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Potatoes could become the galaxy's first transplanetary delicacy, as NASA has announced a fascinating plan to grow the starchy plant under Mars-like conditions.
Scientists will recreate Martian conditions within a laboratory setting, using soil from Peru's Pampas de La Joya desert to simulate the Red Planet. Lessons learned from this investigation will eventually contribute to the development of a controlled dome on Mars capable of supporting agriculture activities.
"The extraordinary efforts of the team have set the bar for extraterrestrial farming. The idea of growing food for human colonies in space could be a reality very soon." Chris McKay, planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, remarks in a news release.
The project could have an even bigger impact close to home. A plant resilient enough to survive on Mars could be integral in the global fight against poverty and malnutrition, especially as the planet continues to experience the intensified impacts of climate change.
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