NASA, together with the USDA Forest Service, is offering teachers a unique opportunity this school year, with a chance to apply for an Artemis “moon tree” seedling through NASA’s Artifacts Module Program.
In 2022, nearly 2,000 tree seeds traveled to the moon and back aboard the Artemis I, Orion space capsule.
According to the Forest Service, the Artemis Moon Trees project goes back to 1971 when Stuart Roosa, the command module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission, orbited the moon with tree seeds tucked into his personal kit.
Roosa, a former Forest Service smokejumper, carried these seeds at the request of the Forest Service chief. The employees then grew these seeds into seedlings and distributed them across the country. Many moon trees survive today.
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