Recently NASA announced that they had successfully grown green vegetables on the International Space station, with an eye on colonising Mars in the future, as reported by futurefarming.com.
This news has been boosted by the announcement in recent days by a team of German researchers, who successfully grew vegetables in an Antarctic greenhouse for the first time. The researchers, at the Neumayer Station III, reported that they grew a variety of crops, such as cucumber, radish, and lettuce.
They reported harvesting 3.6kgs of salad greens, over 70 radishes, and 18 cucumbers. They were all grown in the teams’ high-tech greenhouse, which can control temperatures. This was done, even with temperatures outside plummeting to minus 20 degrees Celsius!
They were grown without the use of any soil, pesticides and even daylight! The project was first set up as another alternative way of astronauts growing their own food and the team hope to harvest up to 5kgs of fruit and vegetables each week by next month! They also hope this breakthrough will enable them to branch out and grow and harvest a wider variety of vegetables in the coming years.
Could this be the future of farming? A way of growing crops without sunlight, pesticides and soil? Will this pave the way for colonies on Mars? Your guess at this stage is as good as ours!
Photo: German Aerospace Centre DLR