Space advocates are wont to throw many documents out to us to both support their position, and denigrate the opposing positions. We are no different.  In fact, most of the work of EarthSeed is based on the research in these documents that were collected over the years.  We provide links to these documents for your review, to understand where we are coming from.


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Leafy Green Astronauts Link at Nasa.Gov NASA scientists are learning how to grow plants in space. Such far-out crops will eventually take their place alongside people, microbes and machines in self-contained habitats for astronauts.
NASA CELSS Work Link at In 1989, NASA completed a small facility called BioHome, which integrated “biogenerative” components for recycling air, water and nutrients from human wastes — into a single, integrated habitat. Maximum air closure was achieved, and experiments were begun, which continue to date.
Crop Production for Advanced Life Support Systems Link at Purdue This Technical Memorandum (TM) gives an overview of activities leading up to the KSC Breadboard Project, a description of the BPC, and summaries of crop test data
Lunar Oxygen Production – A Maturing Technology Link at ASCE Research on oxygen production from lunar rock and soil has made significant progress in the past two years. An extensive series of experiments on natural and synthetic analogs has concentrated on high-temperature reduction by hydrogen gas. The first oxygen production experiments using actual lunar basalt, mare soil, and volcanic glass have been completed.
Dwarf Crops for Space Flight Link at USU During long space missions, crops grown in chambers, like those designed and built at USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, can provide food for astronauts, purify water, and recycle carbon dioxide into oxygen. Launching seeds in place of additional packaged food also reduces the weight of supply payloads which reduces launch costs, an important consideration as the duration of NASA missions gets longer and astronauts require more life support.
Mars Meat Link at Red Colony Living on plants alone, however, can get to be a bit boring. Some people prefer meat products for the flavor, or the higher protein content, or whatever. Once astronauts get settled on Mars, and can grow their own salads, make their own fruit punches, and cook their own vegetables, someone might start craving some of the old NASA Spam…
Terra Preta Link at WikiPedia is a type of very dark, fertile anthropogenic soil found in the Amazon Basin. Terra preta owes its name to its very high charcoal content, and was made by adding a mixture of charcoal, bone, and manure to the otherwise relatively infertile Amazonian soil. It is very stable and remains in the soil for thousands of years.
Small Scale Aquaculture and Aquaponics Link at Is it possible for a family to grow its own fish just as it is to grow vegetables in the garden? Are there good reasons to consider it?
Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees Vs. Ultra-Dwarf Link at SFGate Even if your gardening space consists of a small yard or patio, you can grow your own fruit trees. You can choose from a variety of ultra-dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees, including apples, pears, peaches and plums.
Growing Dwarf Fruit Trees Link at Mother Earth News John Vivian shares information on growing dwarf fruit trees, including grafting information on types of dwarf fruit trees grown past and present.
BioSuit Link at Boston Magazine One day, moving around in outer space—and walking on Mars—could become a whole lot more comfortable for astronauts, thanks to the innovative techniques being developed by an aeronautics professor at MIT.