Researchers successfully grew plants in Apollo-era lunar soil. Their work could inform future space farmers.

Researchers successfully grew plants in Apollo-era lunar soil. Their work could inform future space farmers.

Researchers successfully grew plants in Apollo-era lunar soil. Their work could inform future space farmers. Researchers grew plants in soil from the moon for the first time. Though the seedlings experienced stress and stunted growth, they still sprouted. Cultivating crops on the moon may help future space travelers survive longer missions, researchers said. For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon. Their insights could one day help future space farmers grow earthly plants on other worlds. In a new study, published Thursday in the journal Communications Biology, researchers at the University of Florida planted seeds in samples of soil from the moon, more properly called lunar regolith, which was brought to Earth a half-century ago by the Apollo astronauts. The experiment consisted of using 12 …
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