Report It states that asteroids are a significant amount of space resources and that asteroids should not be ignored when considering human missions involving space. Among these also primordial CI carbonaceous asteroids are of our use, because of the presence of elements such as phosphorus and potassium in them. These elements are useful for the growth and development of crops.
Researchers involved in the study said that they tested growing lettuce, radish, chili in a mixture of simulated asteroid material and peat moss. The results showed that each species reacted differently, and radishes were the most affected by the test.
According to the scientists, they observed the ability of the CI carbonaceous asteroid to support the growth of lettuce (Latuca sativa), radish (Raphanus sativus) and chilli (Capsicum annuum) plants. For this, growing crops in a mixture of simulated asteroids was tested. The results showed that each species reacted differently in this test and this test was most effective on radish.