Humboldt State Has Trees Grown from Seeds That Went to the Moon

Here's how HSU received the trees and where you can find them
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Here’s how HSU received the trees and where you can find them

Humboldt State University has a handful of redwood trees grown from seeds that went to the moon.

In 1971, astronaut Stuart Roosa brought around 500 tree seeds with his personal items on the Apollo 14 NASA mission to the moon. Roosa intended to test the seeds to see if space radiation would affect their germination. While he never set foot on the moon, he orbited the moon 34 times while his colleagues walked the lunar surface.

When Roosa returned, he sprouted most of the seeds. NASA then sent the seedlings around the world. Around 1976, HSU received a handful of redwood seedlings and planted them around campus. Some of those trees remain near the theatre arts and natural resources buildings and near the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology and Facilities Management.

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