Join the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Peavy Hall on the OSU campus for the Moon Tree Dedication, a celebration of Astronaut Stuart Roosa and the Apollo 14 Lunar Mission.
Apollo 14 launched on January 31, 1971 on what was to be NASA’s third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former Oregon US Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in Roosa’s personal belongings during the mission were about 500 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 and the World. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo Program.
Of the 500 seeds flown on Apollo 14, only about 50 trees still stand today. OSU is proud to be home to one of the existing trees, now a 40 foot tall Douglas Fir. This tree stands as a symbol of both our past achievements in space science and exploration and as an inspiration to future generations of explorers.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2012
PEAVY HALL RICHARDSON 107
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
2:00-2:30 Dedication and unveiling of plaque
2:30-3:15 Speaker Presentation
For more information about the Moon Trees go to http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html.
Contact the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium at 541-737-2414 with questions regarding the dedication or go online for more information: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/osu-moon-tree-dedication.