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1 posted on 11/27/2012 2:51:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
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The key to deep space exploration is developing Spacecraft which are 100% self-sustainf. Each ship will have to be its own independent eco-system.

Once that is accoomplished, the stars will be the limit.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 2:52:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Didn't work out to well for these guys!


3 posted on 11/27/2012 2:54:42 PM PST by Fledermaus (The Republic is Dead: Collapse the system. Let the Dems destroy the economy!)
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Can plants grow in zero-gravity environments?


5 posted on 11/27/2012 2:59:56 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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Parsnips are the currency of the universe. You get out past Antares 5, and you can trade parsnips for anything you need.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 3:18:08 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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Nothing new here. Gardening on long-duration space flights was a well- established element in science-fiction stories by the 1940s. It theoretically solves 3 basic problems: production of food and oxygen and disposal of carbon dioxide produced by the crew. I'm not sure how well those ideas have worked out in practice since this article about gardening aboard the ISS mentions it only as a diversion from boredom:

GARDENING IN ORBIT

16 posted on 11/27/2012 5:45:59 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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Gardening could help long space missions

So could ranching, you just need larger space vehicles.

17 posted on 11/27/2012 5:51:22 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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