NASA’s Plan to Grow Plants on the Moon

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NASA is going to attempt to grow plants on the moon, and to find research partners for the experiment, they’re looking to American school children and private industry.

NASA is going to attempt to grow plants on the moon, and to find research partners for the experiment, they’re looking to American school children and private industry.

Their lunar garden will include basil, sunflowers, and turnips.

Rather than tending to the Earth-bound control crops themselves, they’ll be sending growing kits to select schools and volunteers.

The metal containers they’re shipping will contain much more than seeds and some dirt. After all, this is NASA we’re talking about.

Each garden package dispensed will, in addition to the plants, be equipped with cameras, sensors, and technology that will allow the agency’s scientists to monitor the growth activity.

That information will assist them in making their moon-based agricultural plots as viable as possible.

To get the plants to the celestial body they’ll also be reaching out to the public via Google’s Lunar X Prize.

The top award is 20 million dollars to a private company for the purpose of sending a robotic spacecraft to land on, travel across, and generates broadcasts from the moon by December 31, 2015.

NASA’s plants will probably be transported by the prize winner’s vessel.

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