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Plants on Mars: On the Next Mission and in the Long Term FutureCurrent research on greenhouses for Mars is centered on their use as life support for human missions and should be expanded to include systems for near term landers as well as experiments in the long term establishment of natural ecosystems on Mars. The deployment of a simple plant growth module, containing just one plant, in near term robotic missions to Mars would be an important way to test systems and materials for use in larger greenhouses. In addition, a near term plant growth module would focus on biological life support and generate interest in the public and within NASA. In parallel with the development of crop plants, research into plant growth under martian conditions should begin to look at the creation of natural alpine-like ecosystems on Mars as part of an overall terraforming program
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
McKay, Christopher P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 2000
Publication Information
Publication: Mars Greenhouses: Concepts and Challenges. Proceedings from a 1999 Workshop
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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