Potatoes in space

When I opened my newspaper this morning a picture of the first plant flowering in ISS (International Space Station) was shown.

When I opened my newspaper this morning a picture of the first plant flowering in ISS (International Space Station) was shown. Last august astronauts were already eating the first space grown Red Romaine lettuce in the same space station. Growing plants in space is becoming popular, how about potatoes? If you believe movies, it is possible to grow potatoes on Mars. In the motion picture the Martian, the main character survives on Mars on potatoes grown in the soil mixed with his own excrements and water distilled from the atmosphere. The potato plants in the picture are not looking very vigorous but the lonely astronaut can survive on them. Is it really possible to grow potatoes on Mars? 

 

Dr. Ir. Peter Kooman
Professor Potato supply chain and sector innovation
CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences
p.kooman@cahvilentum.nl

 

 

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