A firm that designs biospheres for space travel is planning to grow a mustard plant on the moon, New Scientist is reporting.
Paragon Space Development will place its greenhouse on a lunar lander that is competing for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, a contest to go to the moon.
Paragon researchers picked the mustard plant because of it is hardy, grows quickly and is resistant to the cold.
If it costs a couple of million dollars to grow that mustard plant, it had better produce some very good mustard. Like Grey Poupon, but tastier.
First a mustard plant, then a sesame plant and then maybe some wheat. Pretty soon, you’ve got yourself a moon sandwich. And you know what? A Moon Pie will still taste better.
If we’re going to grow plants on the moon, we’ve got to start training astronauts to live and work like farmers. The first trick will be trying to get a rooster into a space suit.