Lunar Farming in the Future

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA is making plans for a new experiment that would test growing turnips and basil on the lunar surface late in 2015.

    NASA is planning to do a little lunar farming.  The space agency plans to send Arabidopsis, basil, and turnip seeds to the moon by 2015 to see how they grow.  The seeds will hopefully hitch a ride aboard a commercial spacecraft—possibly one developed for the Google Lunar X-Prize.  The seeds will be held in a module.  Once arriving on the lunar surface, water will be released into the module chamber to initiate germination.  Conditions should allow for five days of growth with sunlight being provided by, well, the sun!  They will be monitored for 10 days and compared to Earth based controls.  Scientists say “if we send plants and they thrive, then we probably can.  Thriving plants are needed for life support for colonists.”