NASA germinating a plan for lunar garden project

12/6/2013 | National Geographic News (free registration)

NASA is sowing the seeds for an experimental garden on the moon in late 2015. The Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project by scientists at the Ames Research Center plans to send a small automated greenhouse containing turnip, basil and flower seeds to the moon, possibly using commercial spacecraft, to see if the seeds will germinate there. "If we send plants and they thrive, then we probably can. Thriving plants are needed for life support [food, air, water] for colonists," NASA said in a statement.

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