NASA recently announced plans to begin gardening on the moon, including basil and turnips. The goal of this project is to study the effects of lunar gravity and atmosphere on plants. NASA hopes that this study will help them determine if humans could someday inhabit the moon and grow their own gardens rather than living off of freeze-dried foods.
According to a post on NPR, the canister being sent to the moon “contains seeds, as well as a nutrient-rich paper and enough air and water for the seeds to germinate and grow. The canister also has features that regulate light and temperature, and cameras that the researchers will use to track the plants’ progress over five to 10 days.”
The project is scheduled to be launched in 2015. Until then, NASA will run tests on the canister. They also hope to get school children around America involved by getting them to put together their own canister packages.