NASA Trying To Get Potatoes On Mars

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By Cooking Panda

Peruvian researchers, along with scientists at NASA, are reportedly examining the possibility of trying to grow potatoes on Mars!

“It’s got to be a Martian potato that tastes good,” Peruvian NASA astrobiologist Julio Valdivia-Silva told the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a big challenge to take a living organism somewhere else. We’ve never done this before.”

The potential for potatoes on the planet is just one development that has occurred since the Curiosity rover landed in 2012. 

“When humans go to Mars, they will want to grow things. They’ll need food,” NASA planetary scientist — and participant in the potato study — Chris McKay said. 

“I think we’ll be able to find varieties of potatoes that will grow at cold and low-pressure conditions. That would be interesting to know for Mars applications.”

Experiments are currently taking place in Peru, which is home to the Pampas de La Joya Desert — one of the driest spots on Earth. 

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Source: Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Wikipedia

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