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Mel Guille

HWS Article: Antarctic Farming as practice for Mars

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A neat article about research taking place at the German Antarctic research station, Neumayer III, with the goal of developing farming technology that could be used for long space travel, or even on  the push to Mars.


Out on the Ekström Ice Shelf in the Atlantic sector, the greenhouse will stand against Antarctica's frigid temperatures, the long dark winter and extremely low humidity. From the outside it's a simple structure, just two 20-foot (6-meter) shipping containers placed end to end. But inside, it's a high-tech oasis capable of producing 661 pounds (300 kilograms) of produce annually. To give you an idea of how much that is, in 2013, the average U.S. person consumed 272 pounds (123 kilograms) of fruits and vegetables.



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