Scientists Grow Plants in Moon Soil for the First Time

Scientists Grow Plants in Moon Soil for the First Time

When NASA sends Artemis astronauts back to the surface of the moon in coming years, they should be able to grow their own salad. That's just one ramification of a historic experiment in which scientists used samples of lunar surface material, called regolith, to successfully grow plants here on Earth. Seeds of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, which is related to mustard greens, were deposited in tiny samples of the regolith collected on three different Apollo missions a half century ago. While the seeds germinated and grew, they didn't exactly thrive. "Lunar soils don't have a lot of the nutrients that are needed to support plant growth," Stephen Elardo from the University of Florida said in a press conference Wednesday. Elardo is a co-author on a paper presenting the research published …
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