For the first time ‘plants’ grew in the soil of the moon, after 20 days this big information came in front of NASA scientists

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Information about this big experiment was published in the Journal Communications Biology. This has given researchers hope that one day it will be possible to grow plants directly on the Moon.

In a small pot filled with soil, a man Space The information has been filled with a huge stride. scientists for the first time Apollo program (During the Apollo Program, success has been achieved in growing plants in the soil brought from the moon. Information about this big experiment was published in the Journal Communications Biology. This has given researchers hope that one day it will be possible to grow plants directly on the Moon.

This will also reduce the complexity and cost of future space missions. Along with this, long and distant space trips can also be done. Although according to this Florida University study, there is still a lot of research to be done on this topic, as well as they will leave no stone unturned for it.

human goals in space

Bill Nielsen, who is the head of the US Space Agency, said, “This research is vital to NASA’s long-term human space goals. To develop the sources of food needs to be done.”

For this research, the researchers used only 12 grams (a few teaspoons) of lunar soil, which was collected from different places on the moon during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. In these small pots he used a gram of clay (“regolith”) and poured some water. Then put the seeds. He also gave a nutrition solution to the plants every day.

The researchers used a variety of the mustard crop Arabidopsis thaliana because it is easy to grow and most importantly, there has been a lot of research on it. Its genetic code and its response to difficult environments such as space are also known.

moon and mars soil

As a control group, the seeds were also sown in Earth’s soil, and in soil samples such as the Moon and Mars.
As a result, two days later, shoots erupted, even in samples of lunar soil.

The author of this research, Anna-Lisa Paul, said in her release that every plant, whether it was in the sample of the moon or in the sample of the soil of the land, was the same … all by the sixth day. The plants looked alike.”

But after that, the difference started to show. In the moon sample, the plants grew slowly and their roots were also small.

After 20 days, the scientists took out all the plants and studied their DNA.

Their analysis found that the plants in the lunar soil responded in a manner similar to those in resistant environments, such as soils with high levels of salt or heavy metals.

In the future, scientists want to understand how this environment will be able to grow more plants.

NASA is preparing to go to the moon again as part of the Artemis program. Its goal is to establish humans on the surface of the moon for a long time.

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