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Will China be growing vegetables on Mars ?

Posted on Tuesday, 4 December, 2012 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: seeder

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China has developed an 'ecological life support system' to grow food during off world space missions.

The 300 cubic metre cabin has been tested in Beijing and will allow astronauts to grow their own stocks of food, water and oxygen. The technology is expected to be deployed for use in future bases on the moon and Mars. "Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extra-terrestrial bases in the future," read a report from the Xinhua news agency.

China has been ramping up its efforts to launch manned missions in to space over the last few years with plans to become the first nation to land humans on the moon since the last Apollo mission in 1972. There are even plans to start a branch of the country's ruling Communist party in space.

"Chinese astronauts are preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, state media reported."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by 27vet on 5 December, 2012, 7:55
Well Biosphere 1 and 2 failed hopelessly, so do the Chinese know something that the west doesn't?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 December, 2012, 14:00
Can we continue this thread without the casual racism/racial stereotyping please.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 5 December, 2012, 14:32
Not necessarily. The Chinese experiment seems to be a lot smaller and less ambitious (at least initially) than the Biosphere project. The Chinese experiment is only 300m[sup]3[/sup], Biosphere 2 covers 3.14 acres. 12,700 m[sup]2[/sup].It looks like they are taking a more long term view into trying to achieve what Biosphere failed to do. Just to contradict you on one thing, Biosphere 1 works pretty well, it's the Earth, the experiment was called Biosphere 2 to reflect this.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Chooky88 on 5 December, 2012, 15:00
Mars is Chinese historical territory. The Chinese Government hopes that every country respects our territorial sovereignty. But in case you don't. Armed shuttles will patrol the area with authority to stop search and detail your space craft. Thank You.
Comment icon #11 Posted by MisterEThoughts on 8 December, 2012, 1:36
Wows! This sounds really interesting!
Comment icon #12 Posted by 27vet on 8 December, 2012, 8:28
Got the names wrong, I was referring to the two Bioshere 2 missions. No stereotyping from my side intended.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 8 December, 2012, 9:19
I would say there already IS a space race. Strip joints on the moon,farms on mars ,solar energy plants on Jupiter . Blah blah blah . This will be the next great fight . Who gets what in space .History will repeat itself yet again . A whole new bunch of worlds to conquer .everyone fighting over all of it . Thrillsville .
Comment icon #14 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 December, 2012, 22:31
Not in our Life time Were all hittin the Wall in 11 days ! THen mankind will re-group re-build,And get right back the the Cat & Mouse game we call Life !
Comment icon #15 Posted by leupgaru on 13 December, 2012, 8:39
NO, they will plant small people so they will grow :D
Comment icon #16 Posted by ufonuts on 25 December, 2012, 10:37
It is indeed, but the food is literally "out of this world" !!!!

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