Scientists grow first plants on lunar soil

Scientists grow first plants on lunar soil

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

Everyone MoonSoil plants grew slowly and relatively poorly, but those grown in samples that had been most exposed on the lunar surface tended to be the worst, and genetic analysis showed changes indicative of stress. The meager growth could be a cause for concern: As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the moon via its sagebrush program, and eventually even to Mars, being able to grow food on alien soil during long missions will become increasingly important.

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