Gene Giacomelli at the Lunar Greenhouse in the UA's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (Image: Norma Jean Gargasz / UANews)
Murat Kacira at the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (Image: Norma Jean Gargasz / UANews)
While we’re not likely to see crops of any sort sprouting from the moon’s surface any time soon, researchers have built a prototype lunar greenhouse that could allow plants from Earth to be grown without soil on the moon or Mars. The membrane-covered module can be collapsed to a 4-foot (1.2m) wide disk for interplanetary travel and contains water-cooled sodium vapor lamps and long envelopes that would be loaded with seeds, ready to sprout hydroponically.
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