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Can Plants Grow with Mars Soil?

In “The Martian,” Mark Watney uses the Martian soil to grow potatoes in the controlled environment of the “Hab.” In reality, the soil on Mars has the nutrients plants would need to survive on Mars.

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New Hubble Portrait of Mars

Hubble Space Telescope photo of Mars taken when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth on May 12, 2016.

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Plant Researchers Explore Question of Deep-Space Food Crops

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Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Andy Weir’s “The Martian” tells the story of Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut stranded on Mars. He must improvise and innovate to survive. NASA is already working on some of the technologies he uses to try to stay alive.