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A Vegetable Garden on The Moon

In 9th grade, I had the genius idea to test how different types of water effected plants’ ability to thrive. Not different ph levels or mineral levels or anything like that. I literally just took three Lamb’s Ear plants and watered one with tap water, one with salt water, and one with sugar water.

lamb's ear

This was a science project for an honors biology class I probably never should have been enrolled in. Obviously, I should have sought guidance from my teacher.

Salty and Sweet died in a matter of days and the other one died shortly thereafter because, really, I didn’t care. I’d already done well enough in the class that I could bomb the science project and still pass with a B- as long as I aced the fetal pig dissection (which I did – the fetal pig dissection was  the only reason I’d signed up for Honors Biology in the first place).

But, plants! That’s why we’re here!

NASA and Google are doing a plant experiment on the Moon!

The Moon obviously has no atmosphere and is inhospitable to life. So, NASA is constructing a plant habitat which will be transported to the Moon along with turnips, beets, and Arabidopsis seeds on the Moon Express, a lunar lander that’s part of Google’s Lunar XPrize.

Unlike my failed (and lame) science project, the point of the NASA/Google experiment isn’t about plants’ ability to thrive. It’s the first step in gauging human ability to thrive in a closed lunar habitat. If we send plants to the Moon and they thrive, then humans probably can, too.

The NASA/ Google Moon plant project is scheduled to start in late 2015. Which means I may actually get to see a lunar colony in my life time.

Or just Moon beets. I’ll take that, too.

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