If they are to travel deeper into space, astronauts will have to start growing their own food. A topic which Wageningen UR is addressing is several ways.
"Farming on other planets poses huge challenges. Mars is continuously bombarded with harmful radiation, the atmosphere is extremely thin and it is bitterly cold. The temperature ranges between minus 143 and plus 35 degrees Celsius. So any growing of crops will have to be done in a closed environment", says Leo Marcelis, professor of Horticulture and Product Physiology.
Read the article (page 18) in Resource, an English-language magazine from Wageningen University & Research.
June 4, 2015. Illustration: NASA.