Scientists are constantly trying to settle humans on the moon and research is being done continuously, although it will take a long time. But in the meantime the US space agency NASA (NASA) has done the feat of planting a plant in the soil brought from the moon. Some time before this soil from the moon, NASA’s Apollo astronauts (Apollo Astronauts) brought with him. It is now believed that the next target of scientists is the moon.moon) But the plant will have to grow.
For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the Moon collected by the Apollo astronauts of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Although initially researchers did not know whether anything would grow in solid lunar soil and wanted to see if it could be used by the next generation of moon explorers. However, these results surprised him.
Arabidopsis seeds grown in the soil of the moon
Robert Ferrell of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said, “Plants actually grew on the Moon. are you kidding with me?” Ferrell and his colleagues planted Arabidopsis plants in lunar soil brought by Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and other moonwalkers. All the seeds germinated in it.
Ferrell further said, ‘The plants grown in the Apollo lunar regolith present the transcriptome, which is giving a new positive direction to all the research being done on the moon. This proves that plants can successfully germinate and grow in the soil of the moon.
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BIG NEWS: Researchers grew plants in lunar soil for the first time!
Congrats to @UF on growing Arabidopsis plants in regolith collected during the Apollo era. We’ll study the same species on #Artemis I as we prep to return to the Moon. https://t.co/fsollo0lvX pic.twitter.com/ZsjKKZXu9v
— NASA Space Science (@NASASpaceSci) May 12, 2022
The lunar soil is called lunar regolith, which is fundamentally different from the soil found on Earth. Soil was brought from the moon during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions, in which these plants were planted.
The downside was that after the first week, the roughness of the lunar soil and other elements emphasized the small, flowering weeds that they grew more slowly from Earth than plants planted in simulated lunar soil. Most of the moon plants perished. The results were published on Thursday in Communications Biology.
Apollo employees brought soil from the moon
Only 842 pounds (382 kg) of lunar rock and soil were brought back by the six Apollo crews. After returning from the moon, moon dust was first sprinkled on plants under quarantine with the Apollo astronauts in Houston.
Most of the lunar vents remained closed, forcing researchers to experiment with simulated soils made of volcanic ash on Earth. NASA finally gave 12 grams to University of Florida researchers early last year, and the long-awaited planting took place in a lab last May.
NASA said the timing of such an experiment was finally right, with the US space agency looking to return astronauts to the moon in a few years. Florida scientists hope to recycle soil from the moon later this year , will probably plant more thale cress before moving on to other vegetation.