NASA's Garden on the Moon
NASA has begun construction on a "small technology demonstration unit to study germination of plants in lunar gravity and radiation on the moon." The plan for the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project is to plant some basil, flowers and turnips on the moon by 2015. When the garden lands on the moon, it will trigger a small reservoir to squirt water on nutrient-rich filter paper. The nutrients will then trickle down to seeds, and they will hopefully begin to grow. NASA plans to photograph the seeds' progress to see how the plant's growth is affected by less gravity and increased radiation.
By Jordan Moses
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