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Can We Grow Plants on Mars?

Last year, NASA announced that they had found water on Mars. This posed a question to scientists: Could we grow plants in the soil of Mars? Trace explains what is necessary to grow crops on Earth, and if Mars is able to sustain life.

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“By now, we probably all know that there was once significant quantities of water on the Martian surface and, although the red planet is bone dry by terrestrial standards, water persists as ice just below the surface to this day.”

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“The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops — this is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR.”

NASA Mars Rover Fully Analyzes First Soil Samples

“NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry within the Martian soil.”

Lunar Regolith

“The lunar surface is covered by a layer of unconsolidated debris called the lunar regolith.”

Lunar Soil

“Lunar soil is the fine fraction of the regolith found on the surface of the Moon.”

Growing Plants on Mars

“Concrete plans for a one-way ticket to Mars have been forged. Food will have to be grown on location. Is this a distant future scenario? Not for scientists researching whether or not it is possible to grow plants on the moon.”

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