Sunday 15 May 2022

Zhurong still going strong


For exactly a year today

China's Tianwen-1 probe has been busy

exploring and adjusting to its harsh Martian environment.

Link to: "Tianwen-1 mission marks first year on Mars"

Friday 13 May 2022

Growing plants in lunar soil


Recent experiments have shown that

"terrestrial plants are capable of growth in lunar regolith"

but that major "metabolic challenges need to be surmounted".

Link to: "NASA-funded study breaks new ground in plant research"

Link to: "Plants grown in Apollo lunar regolith present stress-associated transcriptomes that inform prospects for lunar exploration"