Gallery: China Developing Space Gardens to Grow Vegetables on Mars


As more and more (and more) groups announce their intent to venture to Mars, it’s perhaps inevitable that we’d see some fairly odd life-sustaining science developing; and now Chinese state media is reporting that their nation’s space program has developed the ability to grow vegetables on the red planet! The technique—tested here on earth, in Beijing—would enable astronauts on China’s planned missions to the moon and to Mars to not only grow vegetables, but also to maintain an “ecological life support system” that would also produce air and water.

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  1. hobo December 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Hmmm…300 cu. meters somehow grows enough vegetables to support the caloric and oxygen intake of one human, using something like 1/2 the solar energy due to Mars’ distance from the sun? Skeptical, I am.

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