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Food for Mars & Moon Photos in Image Collections

Published on
February 18, 2019

A set of 150 photos about the experiments to grow plants on Mars and moon soil simulants have been added to Wageningen University & Research Image Collections. Most photos were taken by ecologist and exobiologist Wieger Wamelink.

In 2013 a small team from Wageningen Environmental Research, started the first large scale experiment to investigate if plant species could grow on Mars and moon soil. They used soil regolith simulants from the NASA. Several crop species were sown, for example tomato, radish, quinoa, pea and spinach.

The Mars soil simulant comes from a volcano on Hawaii and the moon soil simulant from a desert in Arizona. One result from the experiments proves that the vegetables are safe to eat when grown on these soils.

Most photos show the different developmental stadia of the plants. The experiment shows that crops are able to boldly grow on Mars and moon soil simulants.

All photos from Food for Mars & Moon can be downloaded for free. They can be used and distributed for non-commercial use. The Creative Commons license is applicable. More photos will be added in the near future.

Do you have a research photo or an image collection? Please contact us for more information on presentation and storage in Wageningen University & Research Image Collections. We also offer assistance in preparing the images and the metadata.

The collection Food for Mars & Moon.

Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and exobiologist, Wageningen Environmental Research (Photo Joep Frissel)
Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and exobiologist, Wageningen Environmental Research (Photo Joep Frissel)
Harvested potatoes
Harvested potatoes
Mars on Mars
Mars on Mars