Food for Mars & Moon

A collection of 150 photos about the experiments to grow plants on Mars and moon soil simulants. 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.

In 2013 a small team of researchers 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 NASA. Several crop species were sown, for example tomato, radish, quinoa, pea and spinach.

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

Copyrights and credits

The 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 (CC BY-NC 4.0) is applicable.

The experiments gathered a lot of attention by the media, e.g. National Geographic, all Dutch national newspapers, television shows and so on.

Most photos were taken by ecologist and exobiologist Wieger Wamelink (Wageningen Environmental Research).

Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and exobiologist, Wageningen Environmental Research (Photo Joep Frissel)
Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and exobiologist, Wageningen Environmental Research (Photo Joep Frissel)

Examples

Peas
Peas

Food from Mars and moon soil simulant
Food from Mars and moon soil simulant

Living on Mars in the Future?
Living on Mars in the Future?