Would you farm on the Moon? ๐Ÿšœ #shorts


The ‘Enabling Lunar In-Situ Agriculture by Producing Fertilizer from Beneficiated Regolith’ project, involves studying a combination of mechanical, chemical and biological processes to extract mineral nutrients from the lunar soil. Valuable elements might need concentrating before use, while undesirable ones would be removed.

The current study represents a proof of principle using available lunar regolith simulants, opening the way to more detailed research in future.

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  1. "hydroponic farming could be the *solution*" – good one! Could the problem with lunar regolith be solved by adding organic material (compost?) or is it just the 'wrong kind of aggregate'? If the latter, could some other regolith-processing activity produce the right kind?

  2. This use of the word โ€œfarmingโ€ implies a scale comparable to fields of farm land. But all plant growing on the moon would have to be inside under lights. The lunar day/night cycle is about a month. Plants do not like two weeks of night.

  3. Let's not forget that where there are plants, there is photosynthesis and, thus, the CO2 is converted to oxigen without the need of an air purifying system (plus, the carbon atom becomes part of the plant itself, enabling it to grow).

  4. Exciting stuff. I think a priority in all of this needs to be how generate power on the moon. This will ultimately be the limit of research capabilities. Sending a few specialized remote-controlled drvices will make more economic sense in utilizing payload capacities than sending up building mats, including solar panels, which the moons soil seems suitable for making.

    Even before that, however, the best usage of payloads to the moon will be specialized surveying equipment – namely drilling drones. The deeper a bot can dig without getting gunked up/breaking, the better.

    Different types of drilling may be necessary; drilling for acoustic purposes in combination with other bots can be used to survey large volumes of terrain between bots, snd the potential for useful resources, using established techniques used on Earth for the same purpose. Other specialized drill drones would be able to relay data of specific areas of terrain drilled into to a central command for analysis. If the bot can self analyze, it would be greatly improve efficiency, but that comes at more expense to research/dev in automating sample analysis and potentially added payload weight to foster the tech.

    Drilling/Surveying bots that can locate resources that contribute to generating power and creating more lunar ecosystems.

    Before any other work is done on the Moon, this will prove to be the most important sector. Then humans assisted with mini systems to seed other larger systems than can be reproduced on the moon.

  5. Even if we can fabricate everything in the future, we must always leave room for mother nature to follow us into the stars. For me it's even psicological, not just food.

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