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Moon Tree Celebrated After 36 Years

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University Douglas-fir is being celebrated Wednesday. The tree, nicknamed “Moon Tree”, was grown from seeds that orbited the moon on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.

NASA astronaut Stuart Roosa, an Oregon smoke jumper, took the seeds on the mission as an experiment to study the effect of space travel on seed germination. The seeds Roosa experimented with were distributed around the world, including to OSU where the tree was planted in 1976.

The unveiling of a plaque and presentation is at 2:00 p.m. at the east entrance to Peavy Hall and is free to the public.

The “Moon Tree” stands tall today (left). The tree was planted in 1975 by the following OSU students and campus employees: (from left) Jim Stone, student officer of Forestry Club; Susan Sahnow, President of Forestry Club; George Brown; TJ Starker; John Dilworth, Head of Forest Management; Helmuth Resch, Head of Forest Products.

 

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