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Mars soil resembles veggie-garden dirt

Posted on Sunday, 29 June, 2008 | Comment icon 5 comments

Image credit: NASA
"Soil near the north pole of Mars is surprisingly Earthlike, with a pH not unlike many vegetable gardens, according to preliminary results from the Phoenix Mars Lander."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Shuriken on 29 June, 2008, 11:36
would hemp grow in that soil ? If so, someone should think about setting up a few plantations...
Comment icon #2 Posted by freeman88 on 29 June, 2008, 15:14
Wow .....and "hemp" grows in 5-7ph, you could set up greehouses and grow right outa the soil.
Comment icon #3 Posted by RipeFRuit on 29 June, 2008, 20:16
would hemp grow in that soil ? If so, someone should think about setting up a few plantations... I agree! Lets start flourishing this plant on mars!
Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 30 June, 2008, 21:05
We'd turn the red planet into a green chia paradise.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 7 July, 2008, 7:20
I saw something else about this when it first released that said their relating it to being able to grow asparagus was just a spin to make it more easily understandable that we found a couple similar ingredients. But if we brought some of it back to earth we couldn't drop it in a lab and make anything grow in it.

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