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Monday, May 16, 2011
Tucson Oddity: Seeds went to moon, then grew this tree - Tucson, AZ
Tucson Oddity: Seeds went to moon, then grew this tree
Trees aren't known for their extraterrestrial travel.
A notable exception: the "moon tree" on the University of Arizona campus.
It grew from seeds that traveled to the moon on the Apollo 14 flight in 1971 as part of an experiment.
The American sycamore tree - growing in mature green beauty just east of the Flandrau science center - germinated successfully after its lunar journey.
Studies found that seeds of the sycamore, and seeds of other tree species on the Apollo flight, germinated as successfully as control seeds that never left Earth.
The UA's moon tree, one of many growing around the nation, was planted on campus as a seedling in 1976 and was designated the Bicentennial Moon Tree.
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