Scientists successfully grow plants in soil from the Moon

Nasa is preparing to return to the Moon as part of the Artemis programme, with a long-term goal of establishing a lasting human presence on its surface. – EPA pic, May 13, 2022.

THAT’S one small pot of soil, one giant leap for man’s knowledge of space agriculture: scientists have for the first time grown plants in lunar soil brought back by astronauts in the Apollo programme.

The ground-breaking experiment, detailed in the journal Communications Biology yesterday, has given researchers hope that it may be possible to one day grow plants directly on the Moon.

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