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The Nasa is doing research on a food program for Mars, which

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The Nasa is doing research on a food program for Mars, which happens to be plant-based:
>Purdue University, as well as the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers and NASA Ames Research Center, are investigating approximately 5-10 plants that will be grown hydroponically to provide not only the energy and nutrients, but also the oxygen for humans habitating in Mars and lunar bases.
>ntrs dot nasa dot gov slash search dot jsp ? R = 20040089942

Thoughts?
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>>7184116

>bringing animals to Mars before there is sustainable surplus food to feed them
>actually having a hard time understanding that
>makes thread about that too
>being this fucking retarded
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Well I mean, what else are they supposed to do?
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>Mars
>lunar base
Pick one.


Also
>growing anything but potatoes on mars
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>>7184119
Well, what strikes me is that the Nasa is taking a plant-based direction on its way to the most efficient way to feed people to and on Mars. I don't think these guys are dumb and they aren't silly vegan propagandists either.
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>>7184116
I dunno, what is there to think about?

Many people have been doing this in their basements, the only difference is that research labs do it in a closed environment that simulates mars. However since this homegrowmen operation will probably be taking place beneath the surface of mars, conditions are close to your basement than you'd expect.
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>>7184116
Are cockroaches and alge part of the Mars terraforming plan?
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>>7184148
It's to provide a breathable atmosphere too.
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>>7184148
It's pretty obvious that plants would be more efficient and easier. Everyone knows that. Nobody cares though. And it's not "the" NASA. It's just NASA.
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>>7184148

Right. We read the article.

The plants will nourish the astronauts in a multi-faceted way...on a dead and completely desolate planet incapable or harboring complex life without the intervention of "intelligent" beings.

Bringing animals now would be a waste of precious resources, there's an overabundance of resources terrestrially.
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>>7184167

Algae need water, heat and C02 in order to produce oxygen and other greenhouse gasses. Probably not in their "immediate needs" roster.
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