Moon trees

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From: Jim Whitehead (
Date: Thu May 10 2001 - 13:43:19 PDT

Where is your nearest Moon Tree? Mine is in Monterey...

Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to
be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and
Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest
Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in small
containers in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a
joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by
the Forest Service. Known as the "Moon Trees", the resulting seedlings were
planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation's
bicentennial in 1976) and the world. They stand as a tribute to astronaut
Roosa and the Apollo program.

- Jim

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