It developed a cheap way to create the soil of Mars and other planets

Despite the fact that already are in full operation on planning missions to Mars, the question of the planet's suitability for the existence remains open. And if the lack of oxygen still somehow can be dealt with, here is the cultivation of the soil on the red planet's crops have to do something. To do this, you need to spend a lot of tests in the world and it seems that scientists from the University of Central Florida have found a simple and cheap way to do it and even shared the "recipe of Martian soil."

It developed a cheap way to create the soil of Mars and other planets

The work is published in the journal Icarus, and at the request of one of the developers Dan Britt is now for such experiments using a variety of simulating substances. This means that there is no single standard for experiments, as well as the fact that different results will be obtained from the researchers.

"for a mission to Mars, we need food, water and other supplies. To do this we have to check whether we can grow anything on Mars. You would not want to, arriving at Mars, understand what your methods are not working. "

Therefore, a team of scientists decided to develop a kind of "gold standard" for such activities. Their materials are based on the analysis of the chemical composition of the Martian soil, which provides the rover Curiosity.

It developed a cheap way to create the soil of Mars and other planets

Comparison of different soil samples. Under the letter a - soil of the crater Gale, b - soil, created a new recipe, c and d - other formulations to simulate Martian soil

Soil was named MGS-1 (Mars Global Simulant), and its structure can be easily modified so as to obtain not only different types of Martian soil, but the soil and other planets. The study authors have even received the first order. Kennedy Space Center is planning to purchase 500 kilograms of MGS-1. But scientists have laid out in the open access of the soil prescription, so that it can even make you. Provided, of course, that you will find all the necessary components.

It developed a cheap way to create the soil of Mars and other planets

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