2014.07.28【英译中】US Scientists Want to Grow Vegetables on the Moon

发表于:2014-07-28 18:14 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

      Astronauts' meals have come a long way from the freeze-dried powders and semi-liquid pastes of decades ago:now US scientists want to grow vegetables in mini-greenhouses on the moon.

      从十几年前的冻干粉和半液体的糊状食物,宇航员的食物已经发生了巨大的改变:现在美国科学家想要在月球的微型温室里种植蔬菜。

      Scientists say they are looking forward to a time when residents of future lunar or even Martian outposts will be able to dine on fresh vegetables.Paragon Space Development Corporation has unveiled what it called the first step toward growing flowers—and eventually food —on the moon.

      科学家们说他们期望的是当未来月球上的居民甚至是火星空间站的人们想要吃饭的时候,他们可以吃上新鲜的蔬菜。Paragon太空发展公司已经公布了他们在月球上种植花朵最终种植食物的第一步。

      Paragon,which has partnered with NASA in previous experiments on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station,calls it a "Lunar Oasis".

      Paragon公司称为“月球绿洲”计划,该公司与美国国际航空航天局合作,在宇宙飞船和国际空间站提前进行了实验。

      This is a sealed greenhouses that looks like a bell jar encased in a 46cm triangular aluminum frame.It is designed to safely land a laboratory plant on the lunar surface,and protect it while it grows.

      这个密封的温室是一个46厘米高的铝制三角形框架,看起来像被包起来的钟型容器。这样设计是为了让实验室的植物能够安全降落到月球表面,同时在植物成长时起到保护作用。

      The miniature greenhouses is to be launched into space by Odyssey Moon Ltd,a participant in the Google Lunar X Prize.This competition offers $20 million to any entrant who can launch,land and operate a rover on the lunar surface.

      这个微型的温室将有奥德赛月球责任有限公司发射进入太空,这家公司是谷歌月球X大奖赛的参加者。

这次比赛将为有能力进行温室发射、着落和控制探测器到月球表面的公司提供2000万美元。

      Paragon officials say future testing of the "Lunar Oasis" will be driven by Odyssey's flight schedule,which will not happen until 2012 at the earliest.

     Paragon官员称对于“月球绿洲”的未来测试将取决于奥德赛公司的飞行时间,最早将于2012年进行测试。

      When it does lift off the greenhouses will contain the seeds of Brassica,a hardy plant related to Brussels sprouts and cabbage.Because Brassica goes from seed to flower in just 14 days, it can complete its life cycle in a single lunar night.

      当发射时,温室将会携带一种芸苔属植物的种子进入太空,这种植物类似于芽甘蓝和卷心菜是一种具有极强生命力的作物。

      "Colonizing the Moon or Mars seems so far away,but it is important that we do this research now,"Paragon president Jane Poynter said.

      Paragon的总裁简·波音特说:“对月球或者火星的开发还有很长的路要走,但重要的是我们正在研究探索着。

      "It takes a long time to get a lot of research, and to get integrated, reliable efficient systems before colonists move in," she said.

     她说:“在我们移民到那里之前,我们还需要花费很长的时间去做很多的研究,建立起一套统一的,可靠的高效率的系统。

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