NASA plans to grow plants on the moon




Scientists have long wanted to carry out a long expedition to the moon for its detailed study. But for the implementation of such a plan is necessary to perform a variety of challenges, one of which – it is a problem food astronauts. Expedition was able to continue for a long period of time, you need to figure out how to find food. There are production technology of artificial food , but scientists NASA wants to conduct an experiment on growing live plants on the moon.

By 2015, scientists NASA plans to grow on Earth satellite turnips and basil and a few other crops, the website This will be the first step to long lunar expeditions. Commercial spacecraft Moon Express will have to deliver the seeds placed in a special container with nutrients to the moon.

After landing in the container unit will automatically open the tank with water, so start the germination process. Air in the container will last for five days, then the plant will have to grow in vivo. Within 5-10 days, the scientists will monitor the development of seeds and compare them with the controls in the world. In the container will be installed camera system and send images back to Earth.

Earlier experiments were carried out with plants on the ISS and the shuttle, and they have shown that plants can grow under low gravity, but on the moon, scientists will be able to test the effect on the plants at the same time reduced gravity and radiation.

Sprouting seeds – only the first stage of the planned research. If he is successful, the researchers plan to repeat the experiment, increasing the time of observation for the plants and use different kinds of them.
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