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New photos in Food for Mars & Moon Collection

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August 13, 2020

Can astronauts' urine be used to improve the growth of vegetables on Mars? Forty new photos about this research experiment have been added to the WUR Image Collections.

The photos show the next step in the research project Food for Mars & Moon to feed the future inhabitants of Mars and the Moon. The researchers are invesigating if urine can be safely used as manure to let plants grow on Mars soil simulant.

As an exobiologist (space farmer) at Wageningen University, and as a big science fiction fan I cannot imagine a more fun and exciting adventure than the journey to Mars or the Moon to establish a human settlement there. Sounds like science fiction to you? Not to me! By conducting scientific research we can make the epic journey to Mars possible
Wieger Wamelink, Ecologist and exobiologist, Wageningen Environmental Research

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.

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.

View all photos 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)
Mars map
Mars map
Young bean on moon soil simulant
Young bean on moon soil simulant

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