Scientists grow first plants in lunar soil

Scientists grow first plants in lunar soil

More than 50 years after astronauts brought the last lunar rock samples to Earth, scientists have succeeded in growing plants in lunar soil for the first time from three Apollo missions.

All the moon– Soil plants grew slowly and relatively poorly, but those grown in samples that had been more exposed on the lunar surface tended to do the worst, and genetic analysis showed changes indicative of stress. Low growth could be concerning: As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the moon with its Artemis program – and possibly even to Mars – being able to grow food in alien soil for long missions will become increasingly important.

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