Scientists grow first plants in moon soil

More than 50 years after astronauts brought the last moon rock samples to Earth, scientists have successfully grown plants in lunar soil from three Apollo missions for the first time.

all the Moon– soil plants grew slowly and relatively poorly, but those grown in samples more exposed to the lunar surface tended to perform worst, and genetic analysis showed changes indicative of stress. Poor growth may be cause for concern: As NASA prepares to send astronauts back to the moon via the moon Artemis program – and eventually even to Mars – to grow food on alien soil during long missions is becoming increasingly important.

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