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It's One Small Step For Man, A Giant Leap For...Farmers?

Kaysie Ellingson |
December 4, 2013 | 12:27 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

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NASA announced its plan to embark on a new mission, lunar farming. According to their press release, by 2015 NASA intends to plant basil, flowers and turnips, with this latest Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project.

"This will be the first life-sciences experiment on another world," said NASA in a statement on the project's website.

According to Headlines & Global News, researchers have been eager to put a project like this into motion ever since water was discovered on the moon. 

The basic concept will be to send seedlings to the moon in a sealed chamber that can support germination. Scientists will compare those seedlings to an exact replica being cared for on earth to see if farming is possible in that environment.

"Our goal is to show that the living organism can thrive in what really is a hostile environment," said Bob Bowman, project researcher. 

According to an NPR article, this mission is not only intended to help supply astronauts who are thousands of miles away from earth with fresh food, but also to see if inhabiting the moon is a possibility in the future. 

While the length of many NASA projects span over years, this project is expected to last five to ten days. 

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