Hix hits a homer
Bought a newer Hix book, published in 1962 by Elsie Hix.
This has a different flavor than the original John Hix material
from the '30s. Elsie's features are longer and more narrative, and Elsie lost John's suspicion of Yankees.
In other words, Elsie is more NYC.
Still there's plenty of good stuff. Opening the book I find this on page 1:
In 1960, before the first man went into orbit, NASA was trying to find ways to exchange CO2 for oxygen on long planetary voyages. They found that duckweed, a common fresh-water plant belonging to the lily family, did the job. NASA managed to grow duckweed two-dimensionally on big sheets of absorbent paper, so each 'pond' could be suspended vertically and irrigated from the top. 25 square feet of duckweed, 5 x 5, is enough to exchange the atmosphere for one adult.
So a 'greenhouse' the size of a file cabinet would be able to grow enough duckweed for a crew of 10.
The comparison is visually obvious: The volume of plant material is about the same as the volume of the person. Volume = volume.
This was before NASA was LBO'd by the Gaian religion-racket. Now that Gaia runs everything, we aren't allowed to know
plant material it takes to balance one human.
Nice synchrony as always. I was thinking about astronauts
yesterday, and thinking about Gaia's murderous REVERSAL of this exact fact
a few days ago.
Labels: Carbon Cult, defensible thymes, defensible times