The humble potato is a staple food for many cultures across the globe. But it may just be an important food for the future of space exploration.
A recent experiment in the Peruvian capital, Lima has seen a potato plant being able to grow in conditions similar to what you would find on the surface of mars. Exciting stuff!
Experiments were conducted using Peru’s desert soil and conditions set up to mimic the harsh climate on Mars including an atmosphere rich in Carbon Dioxide.
The experiments were completed at the International Potato Centre (yep, that’s a thing!) and early results show a lot of promise the hope is that one day potatoes may well be able to be harvested in the harsh conditions on Mars.