Phil Sadler (UA-ABE Designated Campus Colleage, Collaborator on the Lunar Greenhouse) has been working on this Bench Top Growing System. Currently it's on its way to Nuiqsut School in Alaska where a teacher will use the system to teach students hydroponics. Certainly Alaska, the Moon and Mars have their differences, but in climates where traditional agriculture is out of the question, you can imagine a controlled growing environment sparking the interest of young future farmers.
Soon the hyrdoponics sytem will be wrapped in a NASA covering and used as part of our Outreach for the NASA Steckler Grant. They plan to do this in all 7 village schools in the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation territory.
Maybe someday it will lead to Polar Greenhouses!