NASA's Artemis Program is the United States' new initiative to first return to the moon as a stepping stone in human exploration of Mars. The Artemis program will explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. However, having humans on the moon is challenging in many ways. One of those challenges is how human crews can be fed.
Typically, crews bring necessary food and water with them. However, as mission durations and sizes expand, it becomes harder for crews to bring adequate quantities to sustain life. Using the local resources on the moon itself could lead to great advancements in our capabilities to explore our celestial neighbor.The Plant the Moon Challenge is a global science experiment, learning activity and inspirational project-based-learning challenge to see who can grow the best crops using lunar and Martian regolith simulant.Mrs. Greer Harvell’s “Warrior 2” group (Bailey Cole, Regina Arguayo, Colemen Ray, Alyssa Lynn, Casidy Nidy, and Jewellee Kring) were awarded “Best In Show” for their experimental design in the state of Florida.This group chose sunflowers to grow, and their research showed that not only were their seeds sustainable, but the sprouts contain numerous nutrients.We are one tribe, one one mission, rising with scientific inquiry, creativity, and collaboration.#1tribe1mission