Can we grow plants on MARS?

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It would be hard to grow plants in the different and tougher conditions on the surface of Mars. The lower gravity, lower light intensities, different air and nutrient-lacking soil on the Red Planet would make it hard for Earth-adapted plants to grow without support.

Future human inhabitants on the surface would need to make greenhouses or special modules where they can re-create more ideal circumstances for crops to grow, possibly growing them hydroponically, without soil. Being able to farm will be a crucial skill for a settler of Mars.

Gardening experiments currently in progress on the International Space Station (ISS) will help us prepare for a future where we could produce food on other planets, moons or even in space itself.


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