Scientists grow plants on moon soil for the first time

ANU astrophysicist and cosmologist Dr Brad Tucker says soil and plant samples brought from the moon by the Apollo missions have been used to grow life for the first time.

“We do know that the lunar soil is similar to Earth’s, but it’s weaker in a lot of nutrients, so there’s a lot less nitrogen, there’s some iron in the soil — now we get that on Earth, there’s carbon in it too. the ground,” he told Sky News Australia.

dr. Tucker said scientists who use this soil “have always grown analogously,” meaning samples were made with the composition that was assumed, but this time they actually took moon dust and used it to grow plants.

“This is a really big step because they didn’t use fertilizer, they didn’t add supplements to the soil, they just said ‘is there enough to get it going,'” he said.

“There’s definitely the beginning of what’s going to be a really important topic as we send humans back to the moon.”

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