Chinese experiment could help astronauts grow vegetables on Mars

The movie Mission To Mars showed us a scenario in which astronauts had managed to grow vegetables on the surface of Mars. It now appears that Chinese scientists intend to make this sci-fi scene a reality.

A recent experiment conducted by the Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Center in Beijing has led the nation's scientists to announce plans to grow vegetables on Mars. The Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) was housed in a 300-cubic-meter cabin, allowing the scientists to create a small localized ecosystem they believe will allow them to grow plants on the red planet.

The cabin produced four types of vegetables and provided oxygen for its human inhabitants. Deng Yibing, deputy director of the research center, said, "Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extraterrestrial bases in the future."

Of course, growing veggies on the surface of Mars sounds great, but first you have to get there, a milestone China has yet to come even remotely close to achieving. However, such research could aid in the development of future missions as recently envisioned by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who hopes to establish colonies on Mars within the next couple of decades.

Via Xinhua

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