Somayajulu Dhulipala, Manwei Chan, Carlos Portela, MIT SEDS
As humanity inches closer to setting up colonies on the Moon and Mars, locally grown food will be a big part of making this process sustainable. One risk that plants face in such harsh climates is the possibility of hull breach (i.e. system failure) leading to instantaneous death of the plants due to low temperature, pressure, and exposure to radiation. In this project, we developed an emergency preparedness system for plants in space. Such a system would also find application for growing plants on Earth in low-resource harsh environments such as deserts and polar regions.