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TULIPS ON THE MOON
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Tuesday 4th September 2007, 11.00am

Richard Hollingham finds out what scientists here on Earth are doing to help plants survive in the harsh conditions of space.

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Tulips and the moon
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With plans for humans to revisit the Moon and reach Mars, it’s not surprising that they’ll want to take a little bit of our green, home planet with them.

The idea of growing plants in space is becoming a reality.

Plants can be used, not just as a source of food but as a life support system for the astronauts, but how can they survive in extremes of temperature, with little or no gravity, no soil, water or even, in the case of the Moon, no atmosphere?

In Tulips on the Moon Richard Hollingham talks to the scientists who are working to put potatoes, tomatoes and even tulips on the Moon and Mars.
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