Could Mexican food be the solution to feed astronauts on Mars?
The research by Mexican scientist Ernesto Olvera, of growing vegetables with artificial light using LED technology, could be the solution to feed the astronauts that NASA intends to send to Mars.
The specialist of the National Technological Institute of Mexico develops this research and to fructify it would allow those sent by the US National Administration of Aeronautics and Space (NASA) to feed on fresh produce for longer in their missions.
Olvera said he knew that "we must first master the methods on Earth. They (NASA) are trying to feed astronauts on space trips to Mars. Our approaches can be useful to achieve their objectives."
He develops his technology in the state of Aguascalientes and thanks to a grant from the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) he spent a six-month stay at the Prairie View farms of A&M University in Texas.
Olivera later went to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to discuss his research, which he said NASA experts were "very interested" in his work and outlined bridges of collaboration for the future.
"They (NASA) wanted to know more about our advances, our research areas are related and we can complement each other very well," he said, noting that the development of Mexican instruments and techniques to measure the light absorption of plants in different stages also attracted attention.