Surprising Science

Surprising Science

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:53 am

In the upcoming film Interstellar, Earth’s soil has become so degraded that only corn will grow, driving humans to travel through a wormhole in search of a planet with land fertile enough for other crops. In the real world things aren’t quite so dire, but degraded soil is a big problem—and one that could be getting worse.

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 3:44 pm

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module touched down in the Mare Tranquillitatis, a large basaltic plain formed by ancient volcanoes. Shortly afterward, the crew would take the first human steps on another world—but the feeling wasn't an entirely unfamiliar one for NASA.