NASA Considering Greenhouse For Mars In 2021

By  //  May 6, 2014

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA — Select plants from earth may find a special home in 2021, as NASA weighs plans to establish a greenhouse on Mars.

According to Space.com, researchers have proposed putting a plant-growth experiment on NASA’s next Mars rover, which is scheduled to land on the Red Planet in early 2021. The investigation, known as the Mars Plant Experiment, also known as “MPX”, could help lay the foundation for the colonization of Mars, its designers say.

“In order to do a long-term, sustainable base on Mars, you would want to be able to establish that plants can at least grow on Mars,” MPX deputy principal investigator Heather Smith, of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, said. “This would be the first step in that … we just send the seeds there and watch them grow.”

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