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Preliminary Estimates of the Possibilities for Developing a Deployable Greenhouse for a Planetary Surface (Mars)Two of the main conditions for plant growth and development on the Martian surface are irradiation (optimal range from 80 W/sq m to 180 W/sq m of photosynthetically active radiation) and temperature (optimal range from 20 C to 27 C). The only known natural source of energy on Mars is sunlight, with a general intensity of 589 +/- 142 W/sq m (Martian Solar Constant). Comparisons of plant growth requirements with conditions on the Martian surface are presented in Table 1, while some basic considerations for implementing plant growth in a Martian DG are presented in Table 2. The general scenario and approximate schedule of startup and development of operations in DG are shown in Table 3.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Rygalov, V. Y.
(Institute of Biophysics Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
Bucklin, R. A.
(Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Fowler, P. A.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Wheeler, R. M.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, 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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