The Telegraph: “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
02 May, 2019
The Telegraph: “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
The Telegraph has published the article “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars” discussing what the Georgian side is doing to grow wine on Mars. “NASA” astronauts have successfully cultivated some of the plants on Mars. It has paved the way for other species to be planted as well.

The IX Millennium project aims to develop grapevines that will grow in the possible Red Planet agriculture pods. The research on creating a Martian-friendly grape has been launched in a number
of countries including Georgia.

The Georgian team involves the representatives of Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Business and Technology University in Georgia, Georgian National Museum, Microsoft and Space farms (a multidisciplinary design and front-end shop focused on digital products, design systems, and branding).

“Early testing has shown that the white wine grape Rkatsiteli, one of the 525 varieties in Georgia, is the most resistant to ultraviolet radiation, an important consideration for an atmosphere 100 times less dense than earth's,” read the article.

The Rkatsiteli grape variety is distinguished by its high resistance to cold winters and hot summers. Next step for the researchers will be to test the grape's response to subzero temperatures and high carbon monoxide levels. The difficulty of not getting enough water and nutrients in the fine soil on Mars may lead to failure.
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However, The Business and Technology University will open a laboratory mimicking martian conditions by the end of the year. The laboratory will undergo tests on all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

The researchers are breeding bacteria based on microbes gathered from the extreme environment in order to fix nitrogen in the thin Martian soil. Besides, The IX Millennium project is working on sustainable Martian greenhouses.

Source: The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars

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