Keep an eye out for the "Moon Trees" growing on planet Earth

Have you ever seen a Moon Tree?

In 1971, 500 lucky seeds were taken aboard the Apollo 14 mission and into orbit around the Moon. The Command Module Pilot of Apollo 14, Stuart Roosa, took the seeds on this cosmic journey.

The seeds of five different tree species — loblolly pine, sycamore, sweetgum, redwood, and Douglas fir — orbited Earth's natural satellite, but they did not land on it, which is a crying shame if you ask me.

Once the seeds returned to Earth, they were planted in various places around the world.

No noticeable differences have been detected between the Moon Trees and trees grown from seeds that have never left planet Earth, but I think the story behind them is awesome nonetheless.

I hope I get to meet a Moon Tree one day.

On Wikipedia, you can find a list of where the Moon Trees are planted.

[image: By Jesse Berry (catsmoke) — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0]