Would you farm on the Moon? 🚜 #shorts


The ‘Enabling Lunar In-Situ Agriculture by Producing Fertilizer from Beneficiated Regolith’ project, involves studying a combination of mechanical, chemical and biological processes to extract mineral nutrients from the lunar soil. Valuable elements might need concentrating before use, while undesirable ones would be removed.

The current study represents a proof of principle using available lunar regolith simulants, opening the way to more detailed research in future.

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  1. "hydroponic farming could be the *solution*" – good one! Could the problem with lunar regolith be solved by adding organic material (compost?) or is it just the 'wrong kind of aggregate'? If the latter, could some other regolith-processing activity produce the right kind?

  2. This use of the word β€œfarming” implies a scale comparable to fields of farm land. But all plant growing on the moon would have to be inside under lights. The lunar day/night cycle is about a month. Plants do not like two weeks of night.

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