Lettuce on Mars? UK students’ ambitious project set to put green on the Red Planet

Lettuce on Mars? UK students’ ambitious project set to put green on the Red Planet

One in all the most crucial parts to constructing a human colony on Mars is the means to, effectively, feed folks.

College students from Southampton College are working on that. They’ve a lettuce-growing project they’re attempting to get on Mars One, the project to develop a human colony on the Red Planet. If chosen, their lettuce seeds shall be amongst the gear despatched with the first unmanned mission scheduled to launch in 2018.

The scientists took to Reddit to talk about their project:

We’ve designed a greenhouse that might go to Mars and develop lettuce. We’ve submitted our proposal to Mars One as a part of their competitors for a spot on their lander in 2018, and if we win, we’ll get to do that.

In the Reddit dialogue, the college students revealed that they picked lettuce for a wide range of causes, together with it’s effectivity at changing vitamins to edible materials, and it’s straightforward to match inside a greenhouse. Actually, experiments rising lettuce are already being carried out on Earth in Mars simulators.

The seeds shall be frozen throughout their area flight, then positioned in the Mars greenhouse, the place the temperature shall be a managed 21 levels Celsius, and lightweight from the solar and LEDs will assist photosynthesis. They anticipate lettuce to develop inside 4 weeks of arrival.

The teams says they’ve already handed the technical spherical with their submission, they’re one in every of 10 finalists, and now it’s up to fashionable vote who will get on board Mars One. You may vote for the project through Fb, Google+ and Twitter.

Whereas the robotic mission with provides and such takes off in 2018, Mars One intends to begin sending people by 2024, with crews of 4 leaving each two years.

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