Food for Mars

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  • Cooking on Mars will have to be done under low gravity conditions and in an enclosed environment for protection from harmful radiation.
  • The smells and the water vapour or particles might build up.
  • Consumption of nothing but pre-packaged meals could be hard on the colonists both physically and mentally. Therefore, eventually, ways to grow food on Mars will have to be explored. An important consideration here will be that the atmosphere on Mars contains more than 95 percent carbon dioxide and much less than 1 percent oxygen.
  • Experiments conducted by Dr. Wieger Wamelink from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, have shown that earthworms can reproduce in simulated Martian soil. This shows potential for similar organisms to play a role in breaking down plant waste in the soil into nutrients which can help to sustain plant growth.
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