Wednesday / 18 May 2016

Dutch Study Tests Vegetable Growth With Moon, Mars Soil Simulants


Lunar Soil Simulant Being Tested As Grow Medium For Tomatoes, Peas, Rye, Radishes, Cress, Arugula By Agricultural Researchers At Wageningen University, Netherlands; Ecologist Dr. Wieger Wamelink Notes 1st Attempt Most Plants Died In Moon Dirt Due To Low Water Absorption, Adding Fresh Cut Grass Allowed Plants To Thrive; Risk Of Heavy Metal Contamination Could Be Mitigated By Growing Violets, Other Species That Take In Toxins; Soil Analogs Sourced From Arizona Desert (Moon) And Hawaii Volcano (Mars) Via NASA At Cost Of US$3,080 Per 100kg

Credit: Wageningen UR, NASA

Wednesday / 15 October 2014

Space Horizons 2015:
McMurdo On The Moon?

LED101514Brown University Hosts Annual NASA Sponsored Event Space Horizons 2015, 18-19 Feb; Antarctic McMurdo Station Inspires Asking “What Can 50+ Years Of Science In The Toughest Setting On Earth Tell Us About Working On The Moon?”; Workshops Examine Analog For Breakthrough Technologies To Realize Lunar Settlement; Brown’s 250-Year Anniversary Celebration Highlighted By Contributions In Planetary Science; Cutting Edge Virtual Reality Exhibit Allows Viewer To Fly Over Moon And Antarctica; Online Registration Now Open

 Image Credit: USAP, NASA, Brown University

Wednesday / 17 September 2014

Lunar Agriculture Study Indicates Potential Viability / Challenges


1st Large-Scale Controlled Experiment Investigating Plant Growth In Moon & Mars Soil Simulant; Research Led By Wieger Wamelink At Wageningen University In The Netherlands Indicates Plants Able To Germinate & Grow In Both Moon & Mars Simulant For 50 Days With No Additional Nutrients Though Poor Water Retention, High pH & Toxic Metals Pose Challenge For Lunar Agriculture; Study Utilized 4,200 Seeds Of Agricultural Crops, Wild Plants & Nitrogen Fixers; Further Research Needed On Characteristics Of Extra-Terrestrial Soils, Means Of Irrigation & Importing Friendly Bacteria, Fungi & Pollinators

Image Credit: NASA,

Weekend Edition
Fri-Mon / 1-4 August 2014

Lunar Plant Growth Experiment Small Step Toward Human Moon Habitation


Small Containers Of Seeds Will Be Sent By NASA On 2015 GLXP Team Moon Lander To Evaluate If Plants Can Germinate In Low-Gravity / High Radiation Lunar Environment; ~1-kg Payload Will Contain Arabidopsis Seeds, Cameras, Sensors, Communications Equipment, 5-10 Days Of Air; Duplicate Canisters Will Be Sent To USA Schools For Comparison; If Initial Experiment Successful NASA Plans To Put Garden On Lunar Surface To See If Plants Can Survive Frigid Lunar Night & If Multiple Generations Can Continue 

Image Credit: NASA