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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"The Washington Post" writes about Georgian grapes for Mars

08.01.2019 (Hvino News) Yesterday's issue of The Washington Post featured an article focusing on possibilities of growing Georgian grapes on Mars, entitled "White wine on the Red Planet? Scientists in Georgia are hunting for a perfect Martian grape".

Author Amie Ferris-Rotman argues that, since Georgia promotes itself as the world’s birthplace of wine, "it seems only natural that the country is trying to figure out what varietal might be sipped one day on Mars. That is the thinking behind the IX Millennium project, which is seeking to develop grapevines fit for the possible Red Planet agriculture pods".

Nikoloz Doborjginidze, founder of Georgia’s Space Research Agency and an adviser to the Ministry of Education and Science, said: “If we’re going to live on Mars one day, Georgia needs to contribute. Our ancestors brought wine to Earth, so we can do the same to Mars".

Somewhat ironically, the author continues: "And after all, who wouldn’t want a glass of Martian wine to welcome a new year (687 Earth days long) on a new planet?"

The quest for a Martian-friendly grape (which now looks as if it could be a white) began in 2016 when entrepreneur Elon Musk boasted that his company SpaceX could launch its first manned mission to Mars in 2024, a decade sooner than NASA’s most optimistic timetable. That inspired the Georgian team to begin looking at grapes for space. But others, too, are trying to figure out what might grow in protected gardens on Mars. “So grapes from our past could be part of our future,” said Ana Lomtadze, project manager for IX Millennium. “Our final goal is to colonize Mars, but our work could also be helpful for us back on Earth.”

Original article can be found here.

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