When we asked if you would rather terraform Mars or mitigate climate change, much of the Disinfo community replied with: both! Well, according to this Vox article, growing plants with Martian soil might be more probable than previously thought.
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If we ever wanted to permanently colonize Mars, one thing seems probable: we’d have to figure out how to grow some food there.
This raises an interesting question: could we use Martian soil to do it?
Previously, NASA researchers had speculated that we’d have to either grow food hydroponically on Mars, or ship soil there from Earth. But a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that using Martian soil might actually be a possibility.
In it, researchers found that plants actually grew better in a simulated Martian soil than in nutrient-poor soils found on Earth (and Martian soil seems to be more suitable than lunar soil).