Where on earth are ‘moon trees’? NASA revealed where ‘space seeds’ were planted around the world


About 500 seeds of various tree species were launched into space in 1971 that circled around the moon 34 times before returning to Earth, where they were then planted in various locations around the world.

NASA has shared a map showing the locations of these rees moon trees, a total of 83 who live primarily in the US, with two in South America and one in Europe.

The collection includes redwoods, Douglas fir, sycamore, sweetgums and loblolly pines, but nearly a third have died since planting in the 1970s.

The mission was part of Apollo 14 and as astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell went to the moon, Stuart Rusa circled the command module with the seeds that sat in his personal kit.

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NASA has shared a map showing the locations of these rees moon trees, a total of 83 who live primarily in the US, with two in South America and one in Europe.  University of California Davis's Drs.  Michelle Tobias created a detailed map of NASA's Moon Trees (pictured)

NASA has shared a map showing the locations of these rees moon trees, a total of 83 who live primarily in the US, with two in South America and one in Europe. Dr. of California University Davis. Michelle Tobias created a detailed map of NASA’s Moon Trees (pictured)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, the first to land on the moon and the third to land on the lunar highland.

During the mission, the seeds were classified and sorted, and the control seeds on Earth were compared.

Space seeds were placed in Rossa’s kit, but the canister bursting process opened up after the crew returned to Earth, leaving many useless to experiment.

‘The resulting ropes were planted throughout the United States (often in 1976 as part of the country’s bicentennial) and in the world. They stand as a tribute to astronauts RUSA and the Apollo program, NASA shared in a statement.

In 1971, about 500 seeds of various tree species were launched into space that circled around the moon 34 times before returning to Earth where they were then planted in various locations around the world.  The picture is a sycamore sprouted from a 'space seed'.  It was founded in 1975 at Mississippi State University

In 1971, about 500 seeds of various tree species were launched into space that circled around the moon 34 times before returning to Earth where they were then planted in various locations around the world. The picture is a sycamore sprouted from a ‘space seed’. It was founded in 1975 at Mississippi State University

The mission was part of Apollo 14 and as astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell went to the moon, Stuart Rosa circled the command module with the seeds that were seated in his personal kit

The mission was part of Apollo 14 and astronauts Alan Sheppard and Edgar Mitchell went to the moon, Stuart Rosa, in the command module, orbiting them with the seeds that sat in his personal kit

University of California Davis’s Drs. Michel Tobias created a detailed map of Moon Trees worldwide.

Tobias said, “A few months ago I found out about Moon Trees watching an episode of Huel Howser on KVI Public Television and then visiting the California State Capitol Ground.”

‘I later found out from my aunt that my grandfather was part of the telemetry crew who recaptured the Apollo 14 mission that would become the moon tree, so there is something in relation to the idea.’

NASA planted the seeds under the care of the US Forest Service, who watched over them until they sprouted – but some were not planted until years after the mission.

NASA planted seeds under the care of the US Forest Service, which monitored them until they germinated - but some were not planted until years after the mission

NASA planted seeds under the care of the US Forest Service, which monitored them until they germinated – but some were not planted until years after the mission

In a telegram for American bicentennial moon tree planting ceremonies, then-President Gerald Ford said: ‘This tree, which was carried by astronauts Stuart Rosa, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell on their mission to the moon, is a living being of our illustrious human Is a symbol. And scientific achievements. ‘

‘It is a fitting tribute to our national space program, which has brought forth American patriotism, dedication, and superiority to succeed.’

However, over the years the public forgot about NASA as well as trees, but former astronaut David Williams made it his personal mission in 1996 to find and list them all.

He debuted with a list of 22 moon trees and tracked 80, although 21 of those people have died.

Three more have recently been added to the list, bringing the total to 83, but a third are now dead.

However, William said that the fate of many trees had nothing to do with his space travel.

A Moon Tree Sycamore at NASA's Goddard Facility in Maryland

A 4-Moon Tree Sentry stands outside the building at NASA's Marshall Space Flight in Huntsville, Alabama, at 4708

In a telegram for American bicentennial moon tree planting ceremonies, then-President Gerald Ford said: ‘This tree, which was carried by astronauts Stuart Rosa, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell on their mission to the moon, is one of our illustrious humans alive. Is a symbol. And scientific achievements

Williams told Atlas Obscura that compared to seeds that are never destroyed, ‘there was no difference.

A lobloin pine was planted in the White House, and the trees were planted in Brazil, Switzerland, and presented to the Emperor of Japan.

Trees have also been planted in Washington Square in Valley Forge in Philadelphia, in the International Forest of Friendship, and at various universities and NASA centers.

With others at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

The first moon tree, a sycamore, was planted at Camp Iti Cana in 1974, a recreational site used by the Girl Scout of Mississippi.

What was the Apollo program?

A NASA photograph taken on July 16, 1969 shows Pad A, the launch complex 39. The massive, 363-foot-tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft 107 / Lunar Module S / Saturn 506) at 9:32 from Kennedy Space Center (KSC).  is am (EDT).

A NASA photo taken on July 16, 1969 shows Pad A, the launch complex 39. The massive, 363-foot-tall Apollo 11 Spacecraft 107 / Lunar Module S / Saturn 506) at 9:32 from Kennedy Space Center (KSC). is am (EDT).

Apollo was NASA’s program that launched in 1961 and the first man to the moon came eight years later.

The first four flights tested equipment for the Apollo program and six of the other seven flights managed to land on the moon.

The first manned mission to the moon was Apollo 8 which revolved around it on Christmas Eve in 1968 but did not land.

The Apollo 9 crew spent ten days orbiting the Earth and completed the first manned flight of the lunar module – the segment of the Apollo rocket that would later land Neil Armstrong on the Moon.

The Apollo 11 mission was the first mission to land on the moon on 20 July 1969.

The capsule landed in a sea of ​​tranquility, carrying mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Armstrong and Aldrin moved to the lunar surface while Michael Collins remained in orbit around the moon.

When Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, he said, ‘This is (a) a small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.’

Apollo 12 landed on the Storms Ocean later that year on November 19, NASA writes.

Apollo 13 was the third mission to land on the moon, but within 56 hours in flight, an oxygen tank explosion forced the crew to cancel the lunar landing and return to Earth in the lunar module of Aquarius.

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned lunar mission in the Apollo space program, and was considered to be the most successful manned space flight to date because of its longer duration and greater emphasis on scientific exploration than was possible on previous missions.

The last Apollo moon landing took place in 1972 when a total of 12 astronauts touched the lunar surface.

Astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin carried out the experiments from the lunar module on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.  Photo by Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969

Astronaut Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin conducted experiments from the lunar module on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Photo by Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969

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