Scientist grows asparagus in meteorite dust

Along with the steady approach of the colonization of nearby planets by the human race, the space industry is increasingly asking the question of what to feed future colonists. Professor Michael Mautner of Virginia Commonwealth University tried to grow a plant in meteorite dust and even succeeded in doing so. However, the result of such an experiment depends primarily on the composition of the meteorite.

“Carbonaceous asteroids can provide the full range of organic carbons and minerals plants need, ” says Professor Maunter. "Therefore, various soil bacteria, algae, asparagus and even potatoes, can grow remarkably in asteroid / meteorite soil as well as in Martian soil."

There is, however, one caveat. The scientist used terrestrial conditions for his experiment. And under conditions of extraterrestrial cultivation, plants will have to grow in an atmosphere without oxygen, as well as with a different gravity. However, gravity is not so bad. Already, a vegetable production system is successfully operating on the ISS, where lettuce is grown. But the professor still has to work with modeling other conditions.