30 Aug '11, 6pm

What Would A Mars Vegetable Garden Include?

What Would A Mars Vegetable Garden Include?

If the U.S. sends a manned mission to Mars, more than just astronauts will be on board. NASA is planning a mission to the planet in the 2030s, and right now, it’s likely that horticulturalists and chefs will tag along on the journey, along with astronauts and military personnel. The reason for the unusual crew manifest: while pre-packaged food rations have been adequate on previous shuttle missions, the ambitious trip to Mars would require more complex food planning. According to Dr. Maya Cooper , of Nasa’s Space Food Systems Laboratory, more than 7,000 pounds of food per person would be necessary for the five-year flight to the red planet. One solution to that problem would be to grow food on the space craft, and ultimately establish a garden on Mars. And of course, have expert chefs on hand to prepare innovative meals from the garden’s bounty. “We need new approaches. Ri...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/08/30/what-would-a-mars-vege...

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