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Monday, March 19, 2018

Vegetables from the first “Martian” of the harvest was quite edible

The first vegetables that were grown in soil similar to Martian soil was suitable for food. According to Dutch experts who conducted the experiment, it may mean that to grow radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes will be quite possibly on the red planet when mankind will be in need.

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Growing vegetables in conditions close to the Martian, scientists feared that it would face many challenges, one of which is a high probability of containing hazardous concentrations of heavy metals such as cadmium, copper and lead. However, after analyzing four of the ten previously planted vegetables, the experts were able to say with confidence about the suitability of the grown vegetables. In the future, the researchers plan in the same way to study a further six “Martian” of crops, including, in particular, potatoes.

By the way, another experiment on growing potatoes in Martian conditions expect scientists from the American space Agency NASA. At the beginning of this year they announced the intention to raise about a hundred of the most “picky” of varieties of this plant near Lima, Peru’s capital. Here, from the point of view of scientists to recreate the conditions of the red planet easier.

Experiments of this kind, in the opinion of various scholars, will ultimately allow us to understand how the distant future should organize a long-term expedition to Mars involving humans: an opportunity to grow vegetables would greatly simplify the task of ensuring those who have some time to live on another planet, food.

Recently it became known that the first manned mission to Mars could take place after 12 years — however, in his direct landing on the Red planet is not provided. As regards the first case, when the Red planet will set foot human foot, recently, the American astronaut Tom Jones urged not to wait for these earlier than a quarter of a century — that, too, not so soon.

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