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For the first time, it was possible to grow plants in soil brought from the moon

The tiny plants represent today’s scientific breakthrough: the love of the little cress that didn’t grow in such secular soil. The young plants were grown in grams of soil from the lunar surface at the University of Florida Agriculture Institute.

Two researchers at the institute, Anna-Lisa Paul and Rob Ferrell, asked NASA for samples of soil samples taken between 1969 and 1972 during the Apollo missions after they had actually grown plants in a sample that mimics lunar soil. However, they did not fully believe that the love of cress will grow in specimens brought decades ago.

Not only did plants grow on the lunar Earth, but for some time they evolved in the same way as their terrestrial counterparts. Six days later, crescent development had stopped and then essentially stopped. However, the experiment is a major breakthrough because it turns out that it is not at all impossible to cultivate soil on the Moon.

Anna Lisa Paul grew up in the Moon with a love of cress. Among the samples, the smaller plants on the left grew in soil taken from the Moon and the larger plants in soil from Earth.


Ferrell and Paul have always wanted to experience soil from the Moon, the only problem being that there isn’t much of it on Earth, so NASA has repeatedly refused their request for it. In a video posted on the University of Florida’s Facebook page, Ferrell talks about a rejection that is followed by crying.

Office Space’s work was only made easier after researchers developed a method that required just one gram of soil per plant. It could also help researchers that after 2018, NASA began planning another moon landing, so interest in all lunar exploration grew again. Ball says their research will be very important in the future if humanity is to expand beyond Earth, but it could also help us on this planet understand how to grow food in what was once thought sterile.

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