Martian Gardens: Student Designs of Bio-Regenerative Life Support Systems in a 1st Year Undergraduate Seminar Course
The following abstract is that provided to first year undergraduate students as part of the recruitment effort for 1st Year Seminar Courses at the University of Guelph. When humankind begins the colonization of the moon or Mars, we will be bringing along more of Earth than one might think. A number of space and government agencies around the world, including researchers at the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility, University of Guelph, are involved in the design and engineering of self-contained ecosystems based on Earthly biological processes. These processes can be harnessed, with complementary physical and chemical technologies to support human life (food production, air revitalization, psychology) in the hostile conditions of space.