14/05/2022 10:24:24 AM Mousumi Mondal 85
By Chandrayee Roy Choudhury, Canada: For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA's Apollo astronauts.
Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. The results stunned them.
Robert Ferl of the University of Florida’s Institute of food and agricultural science, he and his colleagues planted thale cress — a small annual weed related to mustard and cabbage — in moon soil returned by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and other moonwalkers. The good news: All of the seeds sprouted.