The Wall Street Journal: "NASA Really Is Trying To Grow Potatoes on Mars"
In case you thought it was a joke,The Wall Street Journaldiscusses how scientists aim to grow Peruvian potatoes onMars.
Extraterrestrial farmingisn’t a everyday kind of topic for most living on planet earth, but at theInternational Potato Centerbased in Lima, it’s becoming more an more of a reality.
The Wall Street Journalhas taken a look into the team of scientists and potato specialists trying to grow potatoes on Mars in thearticleentitled, “NASAReally Is Trying to Grow Potatoes on Mars.”
With multiple plans to send humans to colonize the foreign planet within the next decade, the capability of growing food, orextraterrestrial farming, has never been more important. And, scientists are starting with Peruvian potatoes in the Peruvian desert.
At thePampas de la Joya Desertin southern Peru,The Wall Street Journalspeaks with Peruvian astrobiologist withNASA,Julio Valdivia-Silva.
“It’s got to be a Martian potato that tastes good…It’s a big challenge to take a living organism somewhere else. We’ve never done this before.”
The wayThe Wall Street Journalssees it, “If everything goes as planned, the Martian colonies could be munching on french fries, chips and mashed potatoes one day.”
Scientists are working in thePeruvian desertas it has long been an ideal location forNASAto conduct tests in Mars-like conditions. Considering it isone of the driest places on earth and only gets about a millimeter of precipitation a year.