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Apollo 14ís moon shot brought back leafy legacy (Tree from seeds that orbited moon)
Sun Herald ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | By KAREN NELSON

Posted on 02/03/2011 12:34:20 AM PST by Islander7


Rosemary Roosa, the daughter of Stuart Roosa,
stand’s beside the moon tree planted at Stennis
Space Center.

It was 1971. She was 7. And he was Stuart Roosa, the astronaut who would fly the command module and orbit the moon while Alan Shepard and Ed Mitchell spent 33 hours on the surface.

Apollo 14 was America’s third trip to put men on the moon. It followed the ill-fated Apollo 13 and recaptured the heart of the nation as Shepard and Mitchell successfully gathered 93 pounds of moon rocks, took a four-hour hike and whacked two golf balls with a club Shepard had brought along.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: apollo; mississippi; moon; nasa
When he returned to Earth the container was ruptured during decontamination and they feared the seeds would not be viable.

But they germinated and grew -- loblolly pines, sycamores, sweet gums, redwoods and Douglas firs. In the 1970s, they were planted around the world. There’s one at the White House and one each in Brazil and Switzerland, and one was given to the Emperor of Japan, according to a website that tracks them. Mississippi State University has a big one, planted in 1975.

1 posted on 02/03/2011 12:34:25 AM PST by Islander7
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To: WKB; wardaddy; Pathdoc; olemisspatriot; dixiebelle; Downsouth55; Michael Knight; ejonesie22; ...

Magnolia State Ping!


2 posted on 02/03/2011 12:35:21 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Islander7

Seeds are pretty tough things. Many are adapted to being swallowed whole by birds and other animals, enduring the extreme low and high pH environments of respective parts of their digestive systems, and finding a way to take root after landing on the surface of the ground as part of the critters’ poop. It would be more startling to find that a little trip around the moon and back posed serious difficulties to the viability of most seeds.


3 posted on 02/03/2011 12:47:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Islander7
Had a few cool ones at a Mardi Gras in Biloxi with Rusty back in the early 80s...I considered it an honor to be talking to someone who had been on the backside of the moon alone...died way to soon........RIP Stu......(headstone at Arlington......


4 posted on 02/03/2011 1:44:02 AM PST by OBXWanderer (I'm up against a hard break...)
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To: Islander7

Interesting stuff.


5 posted on 02/03/2011 1:50:17 AM PST by SpaceBar
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Of course NASA has a different mission now, in the Age of Obama, it’s mission is -Muslim outreach.


6 posted on 02/03/2011 6:59:33 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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