Space Farmers: LEDs As Key To NASA's Permanent Lunar Life Support

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The nearside of the Moon will never resemble your Granddad's back forty, but agriculture remains the key to living and working off-world. All the mineral ore in the solar system can't replace the fact that for extended periods on the Moon or Mars, future off-worlders will need bio-regenerative systems in order to prosper. Here on earth, researchers still debate how best to make those possible, but nuclear-powered state of the art LED (Light-emitting Diode) technology is arguably what will drive photosynthesis so necessary to provide both food and oxygen for future lunar colonists. LEDs also allow growers to tailor their light spectrum to manipulate and maximize certain plant attributes, thereby increasing a plant's given nutraceutical content. '[T]he moon could also be a lower cost agricultural production spot for interplanetary space travelers in the distant future.'

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