Mars
by Maria Mooney
Categories: Science.

It may not be long before we see plant life on Mars.

NASA’s researchers have proposed an experiment that would send plant seeds up to Mars in a rover with the hopes they will grow in the planet’s atmosphere. Dubbed the Mars Plant Experiment (MPX), approximately 200 seeds of a small flowering plant commonly used in scientific researched, called Arabidopsis, will receive water when the rover lands on Mars and be given several weeks to grow.

Scientist Chris McKay says that the experiment will be entirely contained so that there isn’t a possibility of Earth life escaping onto Mars. Rather, the experiment will require a clear “CubeSat” box, the case for a cheap and tiny satellite, which would be attached to the outside of the 2020 rover and contain Earth air along with the Arabidopsis seeds.

MPX deputy principal investigator, Heather Smith, of NASA’s Ames Research Center says, “In order to do a long-term, sustainable base on Mars, you would want to be able to establish that plants can at least grow on Mars. This would be the first step in that…we just send the seeds there and watch them grow.” The experiment will test Mars’ environment, with its high radiation and low gravity levels, for the potential to sustain plant life.

Who knows, maybe vegans will be the next Earth life on Mars!

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VIA NBC News

About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at KrisCarr.com and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at MariaMooney.com for a free health consultation today!

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