From Earth to Mars: Farming with “AstroGardening” Robot

Earth and Mars were similar watery planets once upon a time. Rock formations show that liquid water once flowed on the surface and today the permafrost, if thawed, could flood the red planet again. Of its many mysteries, why and when did the water disappear from the surface and the Martian atmosphere blow away? Collage by mental_floss.
Earth and Mars were similar watery planets once upon a time. Rock formations show that liquid water once flowed on the surface and today the permafrost, if thawed, could flood the red planet again. Of its many mysteries, why and when did the water disappear from the surface and the Martian atmosphere blow away? Collage by mental_floss.

“Fresh food is one of the biggest boosts of morale for astronauts.
Now they get to watch the strawberry grow, see the it develop, turn from
pink to red. There's a psychological benefit through those visual cues.
And at the end, you get the prize [to eat].”

- Heather Hava, Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder,
and winner, 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Robotic Space Garden

Heather Hava, winner, 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for robotic space garden invention. Heather is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Heather Hava, winner, 2016 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for robotic space garden invention. Heather is a Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Bioastronautics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

 

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