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Scientists grow plants in lunar soil for the first time

For the experiment described Thursday (local time) in the journal Communications Biology, the researchers used twelve grams of lunar soil that scientists collected during the Apollo missions in the 1970s. In small flower pots, they sowed plant seeds in 1 gram of lunar soil and added the nutrient solution every day.

In the control experiments, the seeds were also sown in normal soil and in soil samples that mimic the composition of soils on the Moon and Mars. Both in lunar soil and in other pots, the seeds germinated within two days.