Paragon Plans to Send Greenhouse to the Moon

Have space greenhouse, will travel

The moon’s first resident won’t be human but will still require a space suit, of sorts.

Fortunately, space suits are something of a specialty for Paragon Space Development Corporation, the Tucson-based company that is working on sending a plant inside a tiny greenhouse slightly larger than a two-liter soda bottle to the lunar surface in order to study how plants grow in microgravity.

Tucson-based Paragon Space Development plans to sent the first plant to the moon as part of a bid for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize. The lucky lunarnaut is a brassica napus, commonly known as rapeseed.
“Nobody’s ever grown a plant in fractional gravity before,” said Paragon Chairman and CEO Taber MacCallum, adding that he also worked on growing things in the zero-gravity of Russian space station Mir.

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