Contribution to Science

By forming collaborations between space expansion scientists and plant biologists we will bring novel knowledge on the success of plants grown in outer-space. Missions to other planets, such as Mars, will require meeting the dietary demands of cosmonauts during long term missions. And while it may be possible to engineer foods for use in such missions, establishing a human presence on Mars and the survival of these communities depends on the ability to grow food efficiently and self-sustainably. Much like how communities evolved on Earth, through the development of agriculture, we will put plants on Mars.