This Star Trek-Inspired Contraption Explores Food-Growing In Mars

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Jul 9, 2016
References: nasa.gov & gizmag
A group of extraordinarily gifted student scientists have gone about creating an exceptionally innovative Star Trek-inspired concept contraption that is designed to go about inspiring solutions for some of the highly challenging and complicated problems that will arise once humankind begins to well and truly embark on long, interplanetary space flight and manned missions to destinations such as Mars.

This Star Trek-inspired invention is essentially a mushroom farm that has specifically been designed to make it possible to grow mushrooms by harnessing radioactivity as a source of energy. The radiation will make it possible to guarantee continuous growth of fungi so that space crews have access to renewable food sources.

This mushroom farm is a fantastic example of how innovative sources of energy -- in this case, radioactivity in the space environment -- can be harnessed to solve scientific problems.