Moon Tree Planting: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 14
February 2, 2021
Asheville, NC —
WHO: Texas A&M Forest Service, NASA, USDA Forest Service, Texas A&M AgriLife, Retired NASA Astronaut Col Michael Fossum, USFS Deputy Forest Supervisor Jan Davis, video message by Rosemary Roosa, daughter of Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa
WHAT: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 14, a descendant of a Moon Tree seed that journeyed to the moon and back aboard Apollo 14 in 1971 will be planted at the Gardens at Texas A&M University hoping to serve as an inspiration to others of what is possible.
WHERE: The Shirley & Joe Swinbank '74 AgriLife Center, 556 John Kimbrough Blvd. College Station, TX 77843
WHY: Jan 31 – Feb 9, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission where Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module.
Packed in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the "Moon Trees" the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States, many as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1975-1976.
Today, they stand as a tribute to the Apollo program and to the astronaut Roosa.
Texas A&M Forest Service has a genetic copy of an original Loblolly Pine Moon Tree whose seed journeyed to the moon and back aboard Apollo 14 in 1971. The tree was obtained from research conducted at the USDA Southern Research Station.
CONTACT: Texas A&M Forest Service Communications, 979-458-6606, email@example.com
Mask policies and physical distancing guidelines will be adhered to.