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Can We Grow Crops on Other Planets?
Topic: Moon to Mars
A new study suggests that the surfaces of Mars, Venus and the Moon could be suitable for farming, moving one step closer to the next phase in space exploration: colonizing other planets.

Synthetic Life Could Aid Space Exploration
Topic: Moon to Mars
When packing for a manned mission to Mars or the Moon, the best thing to bring may not be food or fuel, but specially-designed organisms that can create those things for you.

How Microbes Could Help Colonize Mars
Topic: Moon to Mars
Tiny rock-eating microbes could mine precious extraterrestrial resources from Mars and pave the way for the first human colonists, but would take much longer to help transform the red planet via terraforming.

Greening the Moon and Mars
Topic: Moon to Mars
Future missions to the Moon or Mars could use plants as bio-harvesters to extract valuable elements from the alien soils.

More Money, and a New Path to the Stars
Topic: Moon to Mars
The Obama Administration plans to cancel NASA´s Constellation program that was to take American astronauts back to the Moon. Instead, NASA will oversee a competition among commercial space developers to come up with the technology to reach the stars.

Planning Our Phases on the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
As space agencies around the world gear up for a return of humans to the Moon, researchers are beginning to outline important scientific priorities. A new study at an impact crater in Canada is helping mission planners develop the most effective methods for exploring the lunar surface.

Keeping Mars Contained
Topic: Moon to Mars
When robotic spacecraft bring a sample of Mars back to Earth, scientists will need specially-designed facilities to study the samples and prevent them from escaping to the outside world.

Discoveries in the Deep
Topic: Moon to Mars
Scientists from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have been using Pavilion Lake as a testing ground for the future human exploration of other worlds.

Return to the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is NASA´s first mission to the Moon in a decade and paves the way for the return of astronauts to our satellite. Forty years after humans first walked on the Moon, the LRO mission is returning images of the historic Apollo landing sites

Astronauts May Get Their Wheaties
Topic: Moon to Mars
Long-term spaceflight exposure doesn't change later generations of wheat seeds, new research found.
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