'We'll see if we can do it as well as Matt Damon did': How astronauts will grow plants on the moon

2/11/2021 11:27:00 PM

'We'll see if we can do it as well as Matt Damon did': How astronauts will grow plants on the moon

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'We'll see if we can do it as well as Matt Damon did': How astronauts will grow plants on the moon

Within the next five years, astronauts will be growing vegetables in space with technology developed by Australian scientists.

NASA plans to use the moon as a base for astronauts exploring Mars and other planetsIn the lead-up to the new era in space, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) scientists are developing artificial intelligence (AI) for astronauts to use on missions from the moon to Mars to grow their own fresh food.

USQ scientists are working on creating a machine that will assist astronauts maintain gardens in space.)NASA plans to use the moon as a base.)"We've seen images of plants in space already that NASA has collected," Dr McCarthy said.Team member and agronomist Jacob Humpal's unusual passions as a child — plants and space — have now combined as part of his "dream" job.

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Key points: Astronauts will use artificial Intelligence developed by USQ researchers to grow vegetables on the moon NASA plans to use the moon as a base for astronauts exploring Mars and other planets Crops of leafy greens could be grown on the moon in the next five years As NASA plans for human exploration of the Earth's moon by 2024, the ability to grow edible plants will be vital for the next steps in space exploration. In the lead-up to the new era in space, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) scientists are developing artificial intelligence (AI) for astronauts to use on missions from the moon to Mars to grow their own fresh food. Morrison says he told Macron the French submarines were not going to suit Australia. Their mission is to develop agricultural tech software that will use sensors to detect early stress in plants being grown onboard space flights. Credit: AP So did he lie? Morrison rejected that charge within 20 minutes of the French President’s remarks. "(We're) taking technologies that we've developed ourselves in broadacre cropping systems, using machine vision to look at the crop, determine how the crop is performing and provide that feedback to an astronaut so it just makes it simple for them to manage," USQ's Professor Craig Baillie said. He said he told Macron the French submarines were not going to suit Australia. USQ scientists are working on creating a machine that will assist astronauts maintain gardens in space. And we do not yet have a plan to deal with that.

( Supplied: University of Southern Queensland ) Robot gardeners on the moon NASA plans to set up a station on the moon as a home base for astronauts who will travel onto other planets. Did he talk to Macron about buying French nuclear submarines instead? He would not say. Did he talk to Macron about buying French nuclear submarines instead? He would not say. NASA plans to use the moon as a base. ( Supplied: Scott Broadhead ) Growing vegetables on the moon is seen as the best option to feed astronauts, as other technologies, like 3D printing of food, are not yet viable. Why not? Because it was confidential. USQ engineer Cheryl McCarthy said programming the technology for the new environment was vital. Morrison argued he could not confide in Macron about such a sensitive move. "We've seen images of plants in space already that NASA has collected," Dr McCarthy said. No other witnesses can shed light on all of this. Just 17 days before the AUKUS announcement, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton met their French counterparts, releasing a joint communique that “underlined the importance of the Future Submarine program”.

"They still look like plants, and they still curl up and die so we need space environment signals that we can program the camera to detect the problems and fix them." The project includes the establishment of a larger ground-based laboratory in Toowoomba in parallel with the launch-ready system from NASA. Some of their discussions were held over a private dinner in the palace in June. Some of their discussions were held over a private dinner in the palace in June. Team member and agronomist Jacob Humpal's unusual passions as a child — plants and space — have now combined as part of his "dream" job. "We'll see if we can do it as well as Matt Damon," Dr Humpal said, referring to the film The Martian in which Damon's character tries to survive on Mars. And it is personal. The software to be deployed in space has already been tested by the agriculture industry. That means Macron’s word needs to be treated with caution. Yet Morrison and senior figures in the government still do not think the situation could have been better handled.

( Supplied: University of Southern Queensland ) It is hoped the system will eventually evolve into artificial intelligence, an AI gardener on the moon. He is out to defend his government, himself, national pride and the French defence industry, all ahead of an election next year. "We want to automate as much as we can to help the astronauts so they can do a better job and what things they need to be doing that we can't automate," Dr Humpal said. "The first stage is to have a screen that will tell you there is something going wrong and then you can correct that and later on down the line there is full automation where the machine will take care of the problem for you. Morrison acknowledges he withheld this information from Macron. Morrison acknowledges he withheld this information from Macron." The robot gardener will never look like a human though, at least not in the foreseeable future. "It's very difficult to program a robot with artificial intelligence to behave like a human and to move like a human so it's much more like a series of beams or an arm," Dr Humpal said. That reflected on Australia. We didn’t deface the Eiffel Tower.

The "early plant stress detection using machine vision for food safety in space" project will run for 12 months. Australia has seen arguments between leaders before. "We are hoping it will go to the moon within the next five years, but it will line up with NASA's timelines and availability of launch craft," Dr Humpal said. Paul Keating called then-Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad a “recalcitrant” and the fury in Malaysia lasted for years. Find more local news .