An avant garde experiment led by NASA and the international potato centre aims to grow potatoes under one of the most harsh conditions.
The experiment will use soils familiar to those found on Mars.
One of the defining factors of Martian conditions is a high carbon dioxide level ( the atmosphere at Mars contains 95 per cent carbon dioxide ).
Scientist want people to understand that if potatoes can grow in a Martian atmosphere, they can be used to save lives also.
In areas of the world that have seen devastating and are hunger-struck as a result.
Considering the news of water (actually ice) on Mars made waves sometimes ago, the news of being able to grow potatoes on Mars is likely to fire up a storm.