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Plants can grow in lunar soil (barely)

May 16, 2022
MThomas

Doesn’t look too terribly attractive…

The samples were extremely hydrophobic, and repelled water as if it were the most disgusting thing ever invented. Researchers labored to get the lunar soil to gradually soak up water. They also added a nutrient solution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2022/05/12/plants-grow-in-lunar-soil/

Turns out that it is possible to grow plants on the Moon…

…although you might want to wear gloves while farming, since the “soil” contains tiny pieces of glass from constant bombardment.

And also is irradiated (no magnetic field protection).

And has very few of the minerals necessary (which is why the researchers had to add some).

But it’s possible. Better than bringing tons of dirt from Earth 🌏.

Still think hydroponics is the way to go.

Unless you want to “science the shit out of this,” like Mr. Martian. Hmm.

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