Big success for space missions! Crops can also be grown on asteroids

Scientists from all over the world, exploring the possibilities of life in space, are also engaged in research on how food can be grown outside the earth. Many research related to this is being completed at the International Space Station (ISS). Food is the basic thing which we need for our existence. We can grow all kinds of food in the soil on earth, but what will happen when humans will be in space for a long time and they need to eat nutritious food. Astronauts are currently dependent on packed food, but there is a need to find something new looking at future missions. In the coming times, astronauts can spend months and even years in space. Then there they will have to look for food that has been grown in space. According to ‘The Planetary Science Journal’ published last month, ‘Using planetary resources through the use of in situ resources to grow crops is the next step towards sustainability in space.’ The journal states that asteroids have significant space resources and can be used to grow crops for astronauts.

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.



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