We find out if you can emulate a Martian environment in the kitchen, and if so, can you grow plants there? Plus we ask, are humans meant for monogamy?
I've wondered about that a bit.
For some candidate organisms, maybe look at some of the creatures surviving in Antarctica?
There is likely to be some rather savage chemicals in Mars soil, like Perchlorate (ClO4). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_on_Mars#Phoenix
You might consider Halicephalobus mephisto, or the "Devil Worm", and the associated subterranean rock eating bacteria that it feeds on. CliffordK, Sun, 3rd Feb 2013
We are at the moment conducting an experiment to see if plant species can germinate and then grow on both Mars soil and Moon soil. For this we use artificial soil, made in the US. It is possible to buy this and it is not very expensive. We only look at the soil, we assume that there will be an earth atmosphere. On Mars and the Moon this may be done in spheres. We will supply nutrient free water to water them, which probably will be present on the Moon and Mars. What is missing then is nitrogen, essential for growth, but we will also use species that can use nitrogen from the air. Wieger, Thu, 7th Feb 2013
how about nitrogen? Plants need nitrogen. How much nitrogens are in Mars' soil??? poopa, Mon, 18th Nov 2013
There is one thing that hasn't been mentioned. Even if Plants wouldn't Grow in Martian Soil (On Mars under it's particular Conditions), there Could be a Chance that Some Plants Could Grown in That same Soil under Earth's Own Conditions, even if not in (Controlled/Uncontrolled) Simulated Martian Conditions On Earth. GALAXY-VOYAGER (aka: GALAXY_VOYAGER), Thu, 4th Dec 2014