Is the day coming for tomatoes grown on the moon or beef cattle raised on Mars?

Modern farming has brought about many changes to the way crops are grown, from genetic engineering of seed varieties to advances in farm equipment and satellite guidance for precision farming. But leading aerospace engineers and biologists are currently involved in developing new technologies that may lead to farming fertile fields of another planet.

Few would argue that technology and science have taken the agricultural industry into the new millennium with a real bang. But news from the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) recently takes the issue of modern farming one giant step forward for mankind with news that very soon a new era of space farming will begin when a small Gravitational Biology Lab is delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

ScienceDaily.comis reporting that once operational the new facility will provide environmental control, lighting, data transfer, commanding, and observation of experiments in Mars and moon gravity conditions on the space station, as well as the ability to mimic Earth's gravity for experimental applications.

With the addition of this biology lab—a subterfuge mounted work station—scientists will be able to establish seed germination boxes, plant growth chambers, animal and plant growth chambers, cell structure units and facilities designed to study gravitational effects on fruit flies and other plant pests.

Sounding more like a storyline out of an Asimov book or a Spielberg movie, the new lab could lead to advances in vaccines and medications and new discoveries in genetics, boldly going where farmers have never gone before.