Scientists with the International Potato Center (CIP) in Peru have conducted a series of tests to gauge potatoes' resiliency and viability in Mars-like conditions. The result: Potatoes are boss when it comes to survival.
2015 blockbuster The Martian, starring Matt Damon, focused entirely on his character's efforts to grow the tubers on the Red Planet. The difference is that he created an environment that replicated what we have on Earth (oxygen, water, air pressure, etc.), while the CIP actually mimicked the atmospheric qualities of Mars. Certain genetically-modified potatoes were able to weather the elements and actually sustain themselves in the simulated version of the planet's brutal open-air habitat.
The findings are not only awesome for the future of space travel and potential extra-terrestrial residency, but a great indicator of what type of food can be grown in areas affected by climate change and wavering food security.