NASA wants to plant potatoes on Mars

NASA wants to plant potatoes on Mars -
NASA wants to plant potatoes on Mars -

Following the recent discovery of water sources in Mars, predictions and plans to develop an ecosystem that allows human life on the red planet have multiplied. In this context conquer Mars, NASA is looking to get the basics for a Man can survive outside the Earth: to produce food in the arid Martian surface.

Thus, the US space agency has partnered with the International Potato Center (a Peruvian institution dedicated to R & D of potatoes) to investigate possible ways of growing potatoes on Mars. To do this, they will try to adapt the terrain, heat and water that favor the growth of the potato with the ultimate goal of building a high-tech plant on the red planet in which to produce the coveted food.

The project has already begun and will replicate the atmospheric conditions of Mars in a laboratory, using the Peruvian desert floor, similar in many of its components to the Martian terrain, reports CNBC.


Before we begin talking on this, let’s just go through this small video by BBC.

Why is this project important?

Although this initiative NASA is not as spectacular as a manned cloud or a remote control robot to explore a distant planet, the truth is that mission is a key project if you want the human species in the distant future colonize other planets space.

Not surprisingly, the provision of water and food independently is essential to establish stable colonies beyond Earth inhabitants, as the long distance between our planet and its neighbors hampering the delivery of food to large communities of people and recurrently.  

It is not the first time at all that food production in space is explored, but it is one of the most ambitious initiatives in this line of research. In fact, they are currently developing several projects on a smaller scale within the International Space Station.


Why potatoes?

Potatoes are one of the most essential nutrients of the current diet of our society and have been defended many times as one of the most interesting resources to grow in areas of malnutrition and poverty due to the large amount of nutrients and their ability to grow in very difficult conditions, both atmospheric and terrain, as happens on Mars.


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