Farming in space

Published on August 25th, 2011
Farming in space

A team of scientists around the world are exploring the possibilities of extraterrestrial gardening.

Not that they’re looking for a harvest of next season’s grapes or corn, they’re simply looking to reduce the need for costly resupply missions.

The team aboard the International Space Station are trying to design farms for the diverse environments future explorers could encounter across the solar system.

Gene Giacomelli from the University of Arizona who is leading the research team for this indoor farm has a big vision. He sees multi-armed, inflatable greenhouse building staffed with robots to do the bulk of the work.

He reckons astronauts should not have to be farmers. We agree!

Pic credit: flyingslinger

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