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China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars
,marsdaily ^ | Dec 4, 2012

Posted on 12/24/2012 6:57:18 PM PST by BenLurkin

Chinese astronauts are preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, state media reported.

Four kinds of vegetables were grown in an "ecological life support system", a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions, Xinhua news agency said Monday.

The system, which relies on plants and algae, is "expected to be used in extra-terrestrial bases on the moon or Mars", the report said.

Participants in the experiment could "harvest fresh vegetables for meals", Xinhua quoted Deng Yibing, a researcher at Beijing's Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Centre, as saying.

"Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extra-terrestrial bases in the future," the report said, adding that the experiment was the first of its kind in China.

China has said it will land an exploratory craft on the moon for the first time next year, as part of an ambitious space programme that includes a long-term plan for a manned moon landing.

The Asian superpower has been ramping up its manned space activities as the United States, long the leader in the field, has scaled back some of its programmes, such as retiring its iconic space shuttle fleet.

In its last white paper on space, China said it was working towards landing a man on the moon -- a feat so far only achieved by the United States, most recently in 1972 -- although it did not give a time frame.

China's first astronaut Yang Liwei said last month that Chinese astronauts may start a branch of China's ruling Communist Party in space, state media reported.

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1 posted on 12/24/2012 6:57:25 PM PST by BenLurkin
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China's first astronaut Yang Liwei said last month that Chinese astronauts may start a branch of China's ruling Communist Party in space, state media reported.

That should please the 'Rats

2 posted on 12/24/2012 6:58:40 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

The rats are more communist than the supposed “communists” in China. China may not be a democratic republic but they have become far more capitalist than we are.


3 posted on 12/24/2012 7:04:03 PM PST by StolarStorm
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To: BenLurkin

how can they build this when we haven’t built it for them to steal yet?


4 posted on 12/24/2012 7:04:16 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: BenLurkin

Chinese Communists are well to the right of American Democrats. They at least understand how capitalism works.


5 posted on 12/24/2012 7:04:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin

Remember how proud we were when Americans walked on the moon? Remember the boost in America’s confidence? The technology spinoffs?

China is doing that.

Our NASA director says that the goal of NASA is now Muslim outreach.


6 posted on 12/24/2012 7:05:42 PM PST by DBrow
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They will succeed in their endeavors because they aren’t burdened with making muslims feel good about their contributions to science and technology.


7 posted on 12/24/2012 7:06:48 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: BenLurkin
Politically the Chinese are idiot children. But if I had to bet on who would actually, if ever, grow veggies on the moon, or Mars, I would now bet on the Chinese.
8 posted on 12/24/2012 7:10:48 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: BenLurkin

NASA’s goal is to eliminate the rich through carbon taxes and make sure that Muslims are not discriminated against. The secondary goal is to put a Hip Hop RAP musician into space to create a song full of cuss words and sex.


9 posted on 12/24/2012 7:16:57 PM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: BenLurkin

Imagine that. A Chinese restaurant on the moon.


10 posted on 12/24/2012 7:20:10 PM PST by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: BenLurkin

there are no nutrients in martian soil...you cannot grow produce in a soil which has no nutrients whatsoever.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 7:32:55 PM PST by terycarl
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To: donhunt

They’ll have to being their own dogs and cats.


12 posted on 12/24/2012 7:42:47 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: terycarl
they'll prolly have to bring them with them and after that, it's a closed loop system with EVERYTHING recycled, everything... with minimum replenishment from earth of what finally breaks down is my guess
13 posted on 12/24/2012 7:46:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DBrow
Our NASA director says that the goal of NASA is now Muslim outreach.

What does Muslim outreach entail. Is it the giving of the highest of space science technology to Muslim countries? If so, that would be close to giving the keys to the kingdom away. It would also fit in with the Mohammedan attitude that non-Muslims merely exist to be exploited in any which way they can.


14 posted on 12/24/2012 7:53:02 PM PST by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: BenLurkin

Is China still here after the Apocalypse?


15 posted on 12/24/2012 7:56:26 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: donhunt

“Imagine that. A Chinese restaurant on the Moon

I’ll bet it has great food, but no atmosphere.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 8:06:47 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: magooey

Search for his speech, it was on (naturally) a Jazeera, but was widely copied on Youtube.


17 posted on 12/24/2012 8:10:29 PM PST by DBrow
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To: BenLurkin

o let us not forget MICHELLE-MY-BELLE =)


18 posted on 12/24/2012 8:14:41 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Chode
they'll prolly have to bring them with them and after that, it's a closed loop system with EVERYTHING recycled, everything... with minimum replenishment from earth of what finally breaks down is my guess

that sounds to me like a window box...your soil, your nutrients, your water and EUREKA plants bloom....brilliant

19 posted on 12/24/2012 8:23:45 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Unfortunately...we all are.
20 posted on 12/24/2012 8:25:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: terycarl
except you don't recycle your own urine and feces into your window box... 8^)
21 posted on 12/24/2012 8:26:06 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BenLurkin

Recently this country has been growing crops in congress. One party grows fruits, the other vegetables.


22 posted on 12/24/2012 8:47:47 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: BenLurkin

Bill Clinton is good with a hoe.


23 posted on 12/24/2012 8:50:39 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Chode
except you don't recycle your own urine and feces into your window box... 8^)

Might be hard to locate a big box home center place on Mars, never mind a lawn and garden department. Would be interesting if anyone ever figured out if terraforming, though. I guess, in theory, the road to terraforming involves being able to control the weather on Earth. Since we can't even predict the weather, let alone control it, I think terraforming is a bit of a pipe dream. If anyone figures out how to control the weather, the military applications alone would be mind-boggling.

24 posted on 12/24/2012 9:11:51 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Chode

I would think the hard radiation sleeting through the garden would result is mostly dead plants....


25 posted on 12/24/2012 9:41:24 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: BenLurkin
and lest we forget...




the album, not the movie
26 posted on 12/24/2012 11:03:16 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: BenLurkin
Well, it's good to see that humans are still being serious. Granted, they have an oppressive government and are culturally different than us, but at least the human race has a chance to remain beyond the next global disaster. Of course, I wish this human endeavor were led by a nation of free people.

The American cowboy gave way to the petulant adolescent. "It's the [Fill in the Blank] Studid!" We're becoming a nation of know-it-alls who literally know less than nothing since virtually everything we know is actually wrong. We will still be around for a few more years, progressively neener-neenering ourselves into obsolescence.

Merry Christmas.

27 posted on 12/25/2012 1:24:40 AM PST by douginthearmy
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To: BenLurkin
Yeah, so they'll grow the food for their astronauts on Mars.

They'll still be hungry again an hour later.

Cheers!

...oh, and Merry Christmas!

28 posted on 12/25/2012 4:06:17 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: BenLurkin

When my kid was eight, I helped her with an original science project for school.

She attempted to grow cabbages in Lunar simulant soil which was supplied by a kind NASA scientist. After Apollo, vegetables were grown in ACTUAL Lunar soil returned to Earth. For some reason, which I don’t think was ever explained, the vegetables in real Lunar soil grew FASTER than the control vegetables grown in Lunar simulant soil created from Earth samples.

The original part was that we made asteroid simulant soil. We chose to create carbonaceous chondrite soil since that is the most common type of near Earth asteroid.

The cabbages grew just fine in Lunar simulant. However, the asteroid soil had too many hydrocarbons in it. It was like trying to grow vegetables in asphalt.

She got a Blue Ribbon.


29 posted on 12/25/2012 5:34:26 AM PST by darth
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To: left that other site

Brilliant!


30 posted on 12/25/2012 7:17:48 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ASOC
unless shielded as well as the humans, prolly pretty hard on the humans also yielding the same result... yes?
31 posted on 12/25/2012 7:33:36 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Zhang Fei
oh yes... the Chin's are on the pipe for sure
32 posted on 12/25/2012 7:38:06 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Secret Agent Man
We've been doing aeroponics for years. Between Biopsphere 2 and the Living with the Land exhibit at Disney's EPCOT, the Chinese have a lot of research already done for them

33 posted on 12/25/2012 8:34:44 AM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: darth
After Apollo, vegetables were grown in ACTUAL Lunar soil returned to Earth. For some reason, which I don’t think was ever explained, the vegetables in real Lunar soil grew FASTER than the control vegetables grown in Lunar simulant soil created from Earth samples.

Lunar soil probably has jagged edges—which would scarify seeds, which encourages them to sprout—"faster".

34 posted on 12/25/2012 3:27:02 PM PST by Does so (Dims don't think ... they PLOT!)
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To: BenLurkin

Great, ....so the next Chinese transport will take bees, then they will mutate into Martian Killer Bees and swarm every solar eclipse. Even space will no longer be safe....

(Asparagus will still take 2 years to grow...)


35 posted on 12/25/2012 3:40:27 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: darth

Interesting!


36 posted on 12/25/2012 8:18:02 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

And you thought getting fruit cocktail from China was a novelty.

Coming soon to a Walmart near you - fresh veggies from Mars and Moon...

Not to worry, I am a meat eater and figure cows eat enough grass to cover my veggie needs.....


37 posted on 12/25/2012 8:49:15 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: BenLurkin

Green Mars, part of a series of novels some years ago, terraforming over a two hundred year cycle.

The Chinese can do it. They can initiate a chain reaction that can given time start an atmosphere. As far as nutrients there is ways to get around that. Microbes can feed off of almost anything, just need the right ones.


38 posted on 12/25/2012 8:59:25 PM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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