Since the dawn of space exploration, men and women have been looking for a potential home that can support life in the event that something catastrophic happens to our home planet. This is even more important now that Stephen Hawking has given us about 1,000 years before we, or something else, destroy Earth.
But if we don’t find a new home, what are our possible options. Space as we know it is an endless desolate wasteland with extreme temperatures that make habitation impossible. But what if we took Earth to space? Being able to grow food is essential to survival and creates endless possibilities.
For the first time ever astronauts cultivated food in space at the International Space Station. They had a salad comprised of a few leaves of red romaine lettuce topped with balsamic dressing. While the meal was simple, making it was not. The greens were grown in specially designed aerated clay. This feat was an instrumental test of technological possibilities that could make a world of difference for humans and space travel.
While on our quest to find new inhabitable planets, humans need to consider how we will cultivate whatever colonized world we choose. On a smaller scale, perhaps long before mankind reaches the point of colonization, astronauts would have the ability to cultivate their own food while traveling through space. It would allow them to save space while traveling further by not having to stock so many food supplies. Learning how to take life to space is a giant leap forward.