WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Exponent) - Some may feel that living among the stars is an idea reserved for books and movies, but Purdue researchers are looking to make that possible.
After receiving a grant several years ago, Cary Mitchell, professor in horticulture and landscape architecture, is finishing up work to find ways for humans to live outside of Earth.
Specifically, Mitchell is working on research on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that will allow vegetation to grow outside of Earth in the most efficient and low-energy manner possible. LEDs will be important since the sun will not be the most reliable source of lighting; on the moon the days and nights are two weeks long, which is not sustainable for earthly plants.
Mitchell is working to find ways for humans to live on Mars; but living on Mars also has several complications in itself.
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