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China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

Posted: December 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Astronomy, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon!?

China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the MoonOur most favourite behemoth – China – and the worlds second largest economy, are planning on expanding rural production much farther than their earthly borders. The worlds most populous nation is preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the Moon after researchers completed a preliminary test in Beijing.

Chinese state media has reported that researchers are currently testing their wild theory here on earth, four kinds of vegetables were grown in an Ecological Life Support System, a 300 cubic metre cabin which will allow astronauts to develop their own stocks of air, water and food while on space missions.

The system, which relies on plants and algae, is “expected to be used in extra-terrestrial bases on the Moon or Mars”, Xinhua news agency. Participants in the experiment could “harvest fresh vegetables for meals”, Xinhua quoted Deng Yibing, a researcher at Beijing’s Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Centre, as saying ::::

China Plans on Expanding Market Gardens, Mars and the Moon

“Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies by gardening in extra-terrestrial bases in the future,” the report said, adding that the experiment was the first of its kind in China.

China has said it will land an exploratory craft on the Moon for the first time next year, as part of an ambitious space program that includes a long-term plan for a manned moon landing.

The Asian superpower has been ramping up its manned space activities as the United States, long the leader in the field, has scaled back some of its programs, such as retiring its iconic space shuttle fleet.

In its last white paper on space, China said it was working towards landing a man on the moon – a feat so far only achieved by the United States, most recently in 1972 – although it did not give a time frame.

China’s first astronaut Yang Liwei said last month that Chinese astronauts may start a branch of China’s ruling Communist Party in space, state media reported.

“If we establish a party branch in space, it would also be the ‘highest’ of its kind in the world,” Xinhua quoted Mr Yang as saying.

The astronaut was launched into space and orbited the earth aboard the Shenzhou 5 spacecraft in 2003.

source: afp

source: xinhua

image source: cumbriansky

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