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May 12, 2022

A first: Scientists grow plants in soil from the Moon

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Scientists have grown plants in soil from the Moon, a first in human history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration.

In a new paper published in the journal Communications Biology, University of Florida researchers showed that plants can successfully sprout and grow in lunar . Their study also investigated how plants respond biologically to the Moon’s soil, also known as , which is radically different from soil found on Earth.

This work is a first step toward one day growing plants for food and oxygen on the Moon or during . More immediately, this research comes as the Artemis Program plans to return humans to the Moon.

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