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One Man Is Planning For Life On Mars By Building A Sustainable Greenhouse In His Yard

By Brian Spaen

Could Mars truly be inhabitable again one day? NASA has been exploring the possibility, and there’s the potential to have inflatable greenhouses on the planet. By putting them underground and equipping them with LED lighting, they could thrive under similar conditions on Earth. A couple in Washington are also creating a solution for agriculture on the alternate planet.

Jeff Raymond and his wife have spent seven years working on the “Real Martian,” a large solar-powered greenhouse. In an introductory video on his YouTube page, Raymond details that they spent five years researching, one year designing, and so far one year building the project with one more to go. This is also just the prototype he’s working on.

There’s further steps in the process, including automation after the structure is complete and then filling up the inside of the greenhouse. After those steps are completed, Raymond will begin the long process of creating the official build next to the prototype “with all of the improvements.” The goal is to build a self-sustaining system inside of the greenhouse.