How NASA plans to grow potatoes on Mars (VIDEO).

The Real Martian: How NASA Plans to Grow Potatoes on Mars (Video)

The Real Martian: How NASA Plans to Grow Potatoes on Mars (Video)

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Dec. 27 2015 1:56 PM

How to Grow Potatoes on Mars

The Martian in real life.

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Working with the International Potato Center, scientists are looking to cultivate potatoes on Earth by replicating Mars-like conditions. Using soil from Peru that’s nearly identical to soil on the red planet, the team will simulate Martian atmospheric conditions.

This inevitably leads to the bigger question: what about Mars fries? Mars’ lower surface gravity might make things tricky, but hopefully possible, for the planet’s first MarsDonald’s.