posted on Dec, 8 2013 @ 08:46 AM
Obviously, the plants can’t be embedded into the lunar surface then left alone, so NASA is constructing a small, lightweight (a little over two
pounds), self-sustaining habitat for the vegetation. The habitat will be delivered to the moon via the Moon Express, a lunar lander that’s part of
the Google Lunar X Prize, a competition to create a robotic spacecraft that can fly to and land on the moon.
Once the lander arrives on the moon, water will be added to basil, turnip, and Arabidopsis (a small flowering plant) seeds kept in the habitat, then
monitored for five to 10 days and compared to controls back on Earth. NASA will also monitor the actual habitat itself, looking toward its scalability
since a two-pound habitat won’t support human life. Currently, the chamber can support 10 basil seeds, 10 turnip seeds, and around 100 Arabidopsis
seeds. It also holds the bit of water that initiates the germination process, and uses the natural sunlight that reaches the moon to support the plant
In order to study the quality of the plant growth and movement, the habitat will take images and beam them back home.
If NASA doesn’t run into any unexpected bumps, its long-term plans include attempting to grow a more diverse crop of plants, longer growth periods,
and reproduction experiments. The longer the experiments, the more we’ll learn about the long-term effects of a lunar environment on Earth
Did not find any posts on it via search engine. Seems as a great idea, it was about time to make something like that happen and 2015 is not too far
away. It seems as if the new space age is beginning with far more different players than two - US, European Union, Russia, China, India, Japan etc.
Everybody has some plans for the near future and a race is getting heated up, who will be the first to anything, whether a man on Mars, plants on moon
or some other first. When it comes to space, next decades will be very interesting, considering all the plans
edit on 8-12-2013 by Cabin
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