Plants grown in moon soil from Apollo missions
Qamariya Nasrullah holds a PhD in evolutionary development from Monash University and an Honours degree in palaeontology from Flinders University.
If you’re like me and struggle to keep an indoor plant alive, the thought of growing plants in moon soil seems out of this world.
A team of scientists from the University of Florida have shown it can be done, by successfully growing the plant Arabidopsis thaliana in soil samples collected during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 lunar missions. Arabidopsis thaliana, also known as thale cress, is a small flowering plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family (which includes mustard, cabbage and radish), and is a valuable plant used in numerous plant experiments.
Plants are essential in our ambitions for extended space exploration. As model organisms, they provide …
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