Posted by: Nar Williams | April 20, 2008

Picture of the Week: Scientists Grow Flowers in Moondust

Flowers in Moon Dust

A major breakthrough for mankind’s chances at surviving off planet: scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) have figured out how to grow plants using moon dirt. The secret to growing plants in the infertile lunar soil was to add a bacteria that helped facilitate the nutrients from the faux moon dust (they used crushed anorthosite to duplicate the lunar surface) to the plants.

Although the ESA says human habitation of the moon is not their objective, if we are ever to colonize the moon (like, when the Earth is officially to poisonous to live on), we’re going to have to terraform it.

Read more at the BBC.


Responses

  1. Wow, this is why I love science. AWESOME, Nar.

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