The Future of Farming on Mars

Farming on Mars will bring agriculture to new worlds. But, Martian soil isn’t known for growing plants. A new study aims to change that.

The future of farming on Mars depends on developing means to transform the Martian crust into fertile soil. A new study from UGA aims to do just that. Image credit: The Cosmic Companion / American Gothic by Grant Wood (1930) / Mars landscape by NASA/JPL/GSFC

Martian colonies of the future will require vast quantities of food, but bringing an endless stream of foodstuffs from Earth would be costly and dangerous. The best answer to this conundrum is to grow food in greenhouse, specially constructed for that purpose. However, such a…

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Writing about space since I was 10, still not Carl Sagan. Weekly video show, podcast, comics, more: www.thecosmiccompanion.net