The potato experiment is now well under way and within a month we hope to harvest the first potatoes. After two weeks three pots showed no growth and after diging up an awfull smell. They rotted away due to too much water. They were replaced, so they are two weeks behind.
New research has been activated outside the station today as biological samples are processed and packed for return to Earth inside the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship.
Bussines insider made a great animations of our ideal landingspot map on Mars. I still have to work on my skype skills. http://www.businessinsider.com/mars-map-show-where-humans-w…
This weekend at Eastern we were present at Dutch Comic Con in Utrecht with the project Food For Mars and Moon. We talked to a lot of people and over 30.000 visiters saw our stand (hopefully). The project gained new friends and supporters, many thanks to them. The VPRO, Dutch national TV, came filming as part of a bigger documentary about our work, TV presenter Anna Gimbrere helped out the first day. Also spoke to an SF writer about his new book about colonizing Mars. It was a great weekend and we had lots of fun!
Your last chance to contribute to our Food For #Mars and #Moon project. Support us if you can! Just three days left Lets reach the target. https://crowdfunding.wur.nl/project/earthworms-for-mars
This year’s experiment cycle has started. We are back in our beloved Nergena, away from the busy day to day work at the Institute, It took us, Joep and me, two days to start the potato and the peanut experiment. In total 30 pots, with Mars soil simulant, for the first time the new MMS type, moon soil simulant and the control potting soil. Fifteen pots with potatoes (cultivar Frieslanders) and fifteen with peanuts. The Frieslanders are very fast growing and the expectation is ...that we can harvest them after 60 days (outdoors normal 80-90 days), which would imply 5-6 cycles a year. The peanuts could add oils to the diet of the human Martians.
Two days’ work for 30 pots is a bit long. However, the first potatoes were planted under the all-seeing eye of the TV-camera. The whole process was filmed for a TV series, to be broadcasted in 2019. Topic this time is the moon and living on the moon, since in 2019 it is 50 years since Neil Armstrong took that first important step.
Our crowdfunding is alomst closing do not forget to support us! https://crowdfunding.wur.nl/project/earthworms-for-mars
Our crowdfunding action is still running, but will end in a couple of weeks. Do not forget to help us out, so we can continue the research and become a owner of one of the special gifts.
The Movie we made for the perfect landing site on Mars, view it on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6RSS00rzFU
Line Schug, who did an internship, made together with Ruut Wegman, Henk Meeuwsen and Henk Kramer a hotspots map for a settlement on Mars. Line took maps from Mars about nutrients as calcium, chloride (proxy for perchlorate), heavy metal content, climate, terrain circumstances and climate, put them together in a GIS and then calculated the optimal landing sites. Check out the map and the movie Henk Kramer made.
Mijn presentatie voor de Universiteit van Nederland is uit, over wat er komt kijken bij voedsel telen op Mars. Bekijk het op https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueHD3h6lYKQ&feature=youtu.be
Nynke Tack had her Bsc thesis presentation at the Technical University of Delft. Her colleagues made a small present, proofing that life on Mars is possible. Results of Nynke her research will change the way we look at growing crops and living on Mars. However, publication about her results will have to wait till the article is ready.
This week the pilot experiment with the salt resistant species, sea lavender and glasswort (Salicornia) was terminated. Both species germinated, though sea lavender only minimal. Salicornia did grow on slowly but steadily. But to have some decent salad, growth must be stronger. Maybe later this year we will pick this up again then also adding Cloride to the soil simulant.to mimick the amount of chloride that would come available after bacterial breakdown of perchlorate.
At last the NTR, a Dutch national public Broadcasting company, did broadcast the ‘Klokhuis’ episode about our work, we are in the last part, footage on https://tvblik.nl/het-klokhuis/wonen-op-mars only in Dutch
Big interview, for all the Spanish friends https://www.gacetaholandesa.com/gente-interesante-wieger-wa…