Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/7/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

The first greenhouse on Mars may arrive in 2021.

NASA is mulling the possibility of growing plants on mars as early as 2021 in an experiment to see if they can thrive in the Martian soil. If successful, the experiment would serve as the next step in preparing to send humans to the Red Planet.

Scientists are already testing how plants could grow on Mars in laboratories on Earth.

Scientists are already testing how plants could grow on Mars in laboratories on Earth.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/7/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Mars, plants, MPX, greenhouse, colonization, 2021


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers want to place a miniature greenhouse next to a Mars Rover scheduled for launch in 2020. The experiment known as the Mars Plans Experiment (MOX) would determine if plants could grow in the soil on Mars.

The Martian atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide, which would allow the plants to grow and give off oxygen as a by-product. However, the soil would have to be favorable. Also, Mars is extremely cold so the plants would have to be able to survive freezing temperatures. Radiation is also a problem because Mars has a thin atmosphere and solar radiation effectively sterilizes the surface. Mars also has just 40 percent the gravity of Earth.

Millions of people need Bibles. Will you help?

However, by using a greenhouse, the plants could be warmed more than they would be in the outside air, and water could be fed to them via the rover from a small supply. The experiment would also have to be self-contained to prevent any terrestrial contamination of the environment on Mars.

The experiment would only last about 10 to 15 days, so there would be no plans to grow anything substantial. Instead, it's mostly a test of the Martian soil and atmosphere to sustain plant life.

From this experiment, more complex studies can be performed to determine how quickly a human settlement on the Red Planet could be established. If plants and other organisms can grow naturally on the planet, then it will be all the more easy to sustain humans there.

However, if it is impossible or difficult to grow plants on Mars, then it will place a significant hurdle in the path of settlement, which is widely expected to begin in the decades to come.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Technology

Missile to smash incoming nuclear weapons successfully tested in California Watch

Image of Much work remains to be done, as Lockheed martin, Boeing, and Raytheon are working on different parts of the redesign. Photo courtesy Zuma/Shutterstock/REX.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While people packed movie theaters to see the latest installment of the "Star Wars" saga, an example of former president Ronald Reagan's "Star Wars" missile defense project was successfully tested over the skies of Central California. The "Exoatmospheric Kill ... continue reading


Is a world without car crashes possible? Volvo says so! Watch

Image of A world without traffic fatalities or accidents? Volvo says that's as close as the year 20202. Photo courtesy of Volvo.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Can anyone truly imagine a futuristic world where there are no traffic accidents and no traffic fatalities? Swedish carmaker Volvo is making that bold claim, and that world is as close as the year 2020. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Volvo representatives ... continue reading


Caltech astronomers locate orbit of Planet X, but no planet -- yet Watch

Image of The orbit of Planet X has been inferred from how it affects other bodies, in the distant solar system.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have concluded that a ninth planet orbits the Sun, and it is very likely to be large, but extremely distant. Their conclusions are based on its influence on other objects far beyond the orbit of Neptune. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Two Caltech ... continue reading


Scientist develops method to manipulate gravity. Are gravity weapons next?! Watch

Image of Gravity occurs naturally and is bent by massive objects. But what if we developed the means to create gravity ourselves, turning it off and on?

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A scientist has developed a method to manipulate gravity, at least theoretically. Furthermore, we could accomplish his vision using existing technology. Such a breakthrough could eventually lead to large-scale manipulation of gravity, but to what effect? LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Flushless, futuristic toilet recycles waste to produce fresh water Watch

Image of Nanotechnology is the science of creating and working with materials about one nanometer wide, or one-billionth of a meter.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

A toilet that does not need water, a sewage system, or external power but instead uses nanotechnology to treat human waste, produce clean water, and keep smells at bay is being developed by a British university. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The ... continue reading


You won't believe your eyes! World's first drone can fly itself -and you Watch

Image of The EHang 184 was formally introduced at this year's Consumer Electronic Show (Steven Tweedie/Business Insider).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The EHang 184 was unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronic Show and is the world's first self-driving electrical aerial vehicle. It is designed to fly individuals short distances at low altitudes without the necessity for its passenger to control it. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


STICKER SHOCK! Oculus Rift arrives, why you'll need to buy flowers to use it Watch

Image of Oculus Rift costs $599, which means you'll need to buy flowers for your spouse before you can strap the headset on for some serious gaming.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Virtual reality arrived in the mainstream consumer market today, but the sticker shock has many gasping for their breath, and clutching their wallets. The much anticipated Oculus Rift headset opened for preorders today and will ship in late March and Early April. ... continue reading


We won't survive the robot revolution with $15/hr jobs Watch

Image of The first prototypes are already built--and working flawlessly. It's just a matter of adoption now.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Within just two decades, most of our jobs will be taken over by robots. What will happen as the world undergoes the biggest economic shift since the industrial revolution? There are two possibilities, but the time to choose is now. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


Filipino priest chastised for riding hoverboard during worship Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The year's most wanted Christmas gift, the two-wheeled Hoverboard has wound itself throughout popular culture. While a popular item, a priest in the Philippines was soundly chastised for riding one during Christmas service. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Earliest signs of microbial life on Earth discovered in most unusual place Watch

Image of Researchers reached that conclusion while surveying the Barberton greenstone belt in South Africa. The layers of rock there are believed to be 3.22 billion-years-old.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

While the sun gives life to all things on Earth, too much of it can be just as deadly. Even the simplest microbe will avoid direct sunlight in order to survive. That is the recent discovery of scientists who have found fossilized microbes in the Achaean eon, ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 3:4-13
4 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, since that was the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
9 How can a young man keep his way spotless? By keeping your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:30-34
30 The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 6th, 2016 Image

St. Paul Miki
February 6: Paul was the son of a Japanese military leader. ... Read More