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Chinese astronauts may grow vegetables on Moon

Beijing, Dec 3: Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies through gardening at extraterrestrial bases on the Moon in the future, an official said after a just-concluded lab experiment in Beijing.Deng Yibing, deputy
IANS December 03, 2012 15:49 IST
IANS
Beijing, Dec 3: Chinese astronauts may get fresh vegetables and oxygen supplies through gardening at extraterrestrial bases on the Moon in the future, an official said after a just-concluded lab experiment in Beijing.



Deng Yibing, deputy director of the Beijing-based Chinese Astronaut Research and Training Center, said the experiment focused on a dynamic balanced mechanism of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and water between people and plants in a closed system, reported Xinhua.

According to Deng, a cabin of 300 cubic metres was established to provide sustainable supplies of air, water and food for two participants during the experiment.

Four kinds of vegetables were grown, taking in carbon dioxide and providing oxygen for the two people living in the cabin. They could also harvest fresh vegetables for meals, Deng said.