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From Mountaintop to Mars

It isn’t easy to cultivate a garden on Mars.

With an average temperature of minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit, the presence of harmful solar UV radiation, an extremely thin atmosphere, frequent dust storms and meteorite impacts, Mars isn’t particularly hospitable to plant life. But in order for a manned mission to Mars to occur in the future, space travelers will need a sustainable food source.

Kevin Augustyn ’17, Aidan Din ’16 and Aaron Sandoval ’17 would like to design an extra-terrestrial greenhouse that can make that possible in their summer research project at Mountaintop.

Eventually, the team hopes to develop more detailed parameters for how a mission might be carried out and delve more deeply into plant biology to plan more specifically for different plant environments.

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