NASA wants to plant potatoes in Mars

NASA potatoes Mars

You’ve watched the movie “The Martian” right? A Ridley Scott movie about an astronaut who was thought dead and left behind in Mars, He later ends up growing potatoes and feeding on them in order to survive. Now, the idea of growing potatoes in Mars is about to turn reality, NASA in conjunction with Peru-based International Potato Centre (CIP)

I am excited to put potatoes on Mars and even more so that we can use a simulated Martian terrain so close to the area where potatoes originated
Julio E. Valdivia-Silva

CIP explained in a press release “The increased levels of carbon dioxide will benefit the crop, whose yield is two to four times that of a regular grain crop under normal Earth conditions. The Martian atmosphere is near 95 percent carbon dioxide”

The goal of this project is not just to provide more potatoes for presumably dead astronauts in Mars but to prove that foods can be grown in such harsh conditions and also to tackle famine which is another problem some parts of the world face.

How better to learn about climate change than by growing crops on a planet that died two billion years ago? We need people to understand that if we can grow potatoes in extreme conditions like those on Mars, we can save lives on Earth
Joel Ranck
CIP head of communications

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

Established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science, NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate’s Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft missions such as New Horizons, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs.



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