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Kennedy Space Center Moon Tree

SR 405, Florida USA

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“To the moon and back”

What happens if you take a tree seed to the moon, then plant it back on Earth? For years, no one knew the answer to this crucial, burning question- until NASA stepped up to put our minds at peace. Astronaut Stuart Roosa, who was part of the command module team on the 1971 Apollo 14 mission, kept hundreds of tree seeds (in sycamore, Douglas fir, loblolly pine, sweetgum and redwood flavors) in his personal pack during his time in space, with the intention of planting them back on Earth.  Then, things went horribly wrong. Roosa’s container of seeds burst open during the mission, mixing them up and contaminating them with space. The seeds, no longer considered viable, were planted anyways, and surprisingly, most germinated. The 400 or so baby trees were sent all over the country and planted.There are no real records of where these so-called “moon trees” actually went or how they’re doing (since apparently tree seeds that have been in space are actually no different than tree seeds that haven’t) but there are a couple that are able to visited include the one at Kennedy Space Center which was planted on June 25th 1976.

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October 16, 2013

We recently went here and it was too expensive and outdated for what was included in the basic package. They did have a lot of kid friendly sites, such as an Angry Birds interactive game area. If you're going with just adults, you're much better off checking out the NASA Astronauts Hall of Fame down the road for a quarter of the price.

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Kym Krane

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November 09, 2014
Rated 4.0

Awesome place, definitly a must see if you are not use to Space Museum or...anything related to Space. Arrive late so I couldnt do the Bus tour :(
Lots lots of information, its a jump back in time.

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