Marrows on Mars: China reveals plans to grow vegetables in extra-terrestrial bases
Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an ‘ecological life support system’, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions, Xinhua news agency said.
The system, which relies on plants and algae, is ‘expected to be used in extra-terrestrial bases on the moon or Mars’, the report said.
‘Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extra-terrestrial bases in the future,’ the report said, adding that the experiment was the first of its kind in China.
Participants in the experiment could ‘harvest fresh vegetables for meals’, Xinhua quoted Deng Yibing, a researcher at Beijing’s Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Centre, as saying.
In its last white paper on space, China said it was working towards landing a man on the moon — a feat so far only achieved by the United States, most recently in 1972 — although it did not give a time frame.
China’s first astronaut Yang Liwei said last month that Chinese astronauts may start a branch of China’s ruling Communist Party in space, state media reported.
‘If we establish a party branch in space, it would also be the ‘highest’ of its kind in the world,’ Xinhua quoted Yang as saying.
The astronaut was launched into space and orbited the earth aboard the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft in 2003.
Posted on December 4, 2012, in China, Communist, Government, International affairs and tagged Beijing, China, List of Chinese astronauts, Mars, Shenzhou 5, United States, Xinhua News Agency, Yang Liwei. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.