Well, if not you then maybe your great, great grandchildren at least.
Yes, it’s been reported that those wild and wacky souls at the space agency are looking into the idea of growing food on Mars. This would of course involve people having to actually travel to Mars in the first place and then figure out a way to land and get to work on the thing, which makes us thing that the 2030 estimate we’ve heard about may be a little on the optimistic side.
The theory is that in order for Mars to be transformed into a planet that can sustain human life, it will have to be tweaked and played with enough to yield crop growth. They’d have to go about a process of tiling the surface with some kind of plant friendly media and then look into the small matter of Mars only soaking up 50% of the sunlight as we get on Earth. To say that one or two artificial bulbs here and there might be needed would be a bit of an understatement.
Not an easy task considering that this is something of a dry, unforgiving and desert-covered planet we’re talking about here, but then again these are the kinds of challenges NASA boffins get paid a hell of a lot of money to tackle.
Admittedly NASA still hasn’t come to any solid conclusions as to whether or not the idea of human life on Mars will ever become a reality, but it’s still fun to know that these kinds of discussions are going on while the rest of us are torn between two brands of corn flakes!
Food for thought if nothing else.