Martian asparagus

Posted by Dan on Jun 28th, 2008
Jun 28

Mars The BBC reports that “Martian soil could support life”.

“It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard - you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well.”

There are a number of problems with this.

First, Mars doesn’t have soil.  Mars has dirt.  If you don’t know the difference, ask a gardener.

Second, you don’t need soil to grow plants.  You don’t even need dirt.  You can grow plants hydroponically on any number of substrates.

Third, there’s no news here.  We have rocks from the Moon.  We even have a few Mars rocks from Antarctica.  Rocks are rocks.  It’s not like we thought Mars might be made out of red cheese.