Back in 1971, NASA wanderer Stuart Roosa set out on a Apollo 14 mission, apropos one of a 24 people to transport to a Moon. On a trip, he brought along 500 tree seeds as a preference to a U.S. Forest Service.
The agency, for that Roosa had formerly served as a firefighter, had wondered about how being in space would impact tree seeds — namely, either they’d be means to origin behind on Earth. The Apollo 14 goal presented itself as a ideal event to exam it out, so they took advantage and asked for Roosa’s help. He was some-more than happy to attend in their experiment, bringing seeds from 5 opposite forms of trees into circuit with him. Many would after grow into “Moon trees.”
After a mission, scarcely all of a seeds germinated behind during a Forest Service stations in Mississippi and California. Most of a seedlings were afterwards sent to state forestry organizations to be planted as partial of a 1976 Bicentennial celebration, though some done their approach to a White House, Brazil, Switzerland, and a Emperor of Japan.
NASA and a Forest Service planted a initial Moon tree in Philadelphia’s Washington Square in 1975.
Unfortunately, a sycamore didn’t tarry really prolonged and died in 2011.
But a new seedling cloned from a passed tree’s clippings was planted in a place shortly after, successfully flourishing into a tree that stands there today.