One giant leap for lunar-grown plants as humans return to moon


By 2026, astronauts are set to make the 400 000km return journey to the moon. This time to cultivate lunar-grown plants.

Duck weed from Adelaide’s River Torrens is anticipated to be amongst the first plants germinated on the moon’s surface and returned to earth for analysis.

Led by Space Lab Technologies, Lunar Effects on Agricultural Flora – LEAF includes researchers from Adelaide University, La Trobe University, NASA Kennedy Space Centre, PAS Partners, the United States of Development, University of Colorado and University of Western Australia.

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