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Growing food under Martian gravity

A research project at NTNU will investigate how plants grow under Martian and Lunar gravity. The results can be a life-saver for future space missions.

The project is called TIME SCALE (Technology and Innovation for development of Modular Equipment in Scalable Advanced Life support systems for space Exploration) and will develop technology for growing plants in the International Space Station. The project is developing a mini-greenhouse to grow and monitor plants. The experimental greenhouse includes a centrifuge that gives researchers the possibility to study the plants under various gravity, such as Lunar or Martian gravity.

If humans are going to live and work on the Moon or on Mars, growing plants will be the key to produce food, oxygen and recycle water.

Read the full Norwegian article on the web-pages of Norwegian Space Centre.

November 25, 2014. Photo: NASA.