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Plants grow in lunar soil


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In the early days of the space age, Apollo astronauts had a visionary plan to bring back samples of the lunar surface material, known as regolith, so they could study it with state-of-the-art equipment and use it in future research. Now, 50 years later, as we are beginning the Artemis era and returning astronauts to the moon, three of those lunar samples have successfully grown plants. Researchers grew the hardy and well-studied Arabidopsis thaliana in the nutrient-poor lunar regolith.

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Robert Ferl, professor in the Horticultural Sciences department at the University of Florida said: We first asked the question of whether plants can grow in regolith. And second, how might that one day help humans have an extended stay on the moon.

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The answer to the first question is a resounding yes. Plants can grow in lunar regolith. They are not as robust as plants grown in Earth soil. But they did indeed grow. A

nd by studying how the plants respond in the lunar samples, the team hopes to answer the second question as well, paving the way for future astronauts to grow nutrient-rich plants on the moon and thrive in deep space.

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To explore further and to learn about the solar system we live in, we need to take advantage of what’s on the moon, so we don’t have to take all of it with us. What’s more, growing plants is the kind of thing we’ll study when we go. So, these studies on the ground lay the path to expand that research by the next humans on the moon.

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Meta Mart

Words can't express how exciting this is. But the big question is, have they made moon cannabis yet? ^^

So, who's/what's cooking?
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8 hours ago, Meta Mart said:

Words can't express how exciting this is. But the big question is, have they made moon cannabis yet? ^^

No 'cause the last thing we need are intoxicated aliens at Earth's doorsteps. :bradley: :poot:

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28 minutes ago, FfFfFfFF said:

No 'cause the last thing we need are intoxicated aliens at Earth's doorsteps. :bradley: :poot:

Actually...this might be the key to Intergalactic Peace...

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