Stick an asparagus plant in a pot full of Martian soil, and the asparagus might grow happily, scientists announced Thursday.Cool.
An experiment on NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander shows the dirt on the planet’s northern arctic plains to be alkaline, though not fiercely alkaline, and full of the mineral nutrients that a plant would need.
“We basically have found what appears to be the requirements, the nutrients, to support life whether past, present or future,” Samuel P. Kounaves of Tufts University, who is leading the chemical analysis, said during a telephone news conference on Thursday. “The sort of soil you have there is the type of soil you’d probably have in your back yard.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
For life that is. That's how Dr. Samuel P. Kounaves or Tufts University described the soil samples taken by Phoenix Mars Lander.