They'll Eat Potatoes on Mars

Extraterrestrial farming

#Food

Fri, Apr 15th, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Wall Street Journal, NASA is experimenting with 65 varieties of potatoes being grown in Peru to see which one would be the most suitable for growing on Mars' harsh environment.

“It’s got to be a Martian potato that tastes good,” Julio Valdivia-Silva, a Peruvian astrobiologist with NASA, said while surveying the reddish-brown desert on a trip to collect soil. “It’s a big challenge to take a living organism somewhere else. We’ve never done this before.”

The idea is literally science fiction, included in the Hollywood blockbuster “The Martian,” where Matt Damon played a stranded astronaut and botanist who plants potatoes to survive on Mars. It’s also not so far-fetched.

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