Athens' 'Moon Tree' — which flew in space as a seed — will be rededicated
The Athens Historical Society is hosting a ceremony to rededicate the “Moon Tree” at 10 a.m. Friday near the pine at 120 West Dougherty St.
The event is open to the public.
The tree grew from a seed that flew aboard Apollo 14 during a lunar mission in 1971.
The loblolly pine was planted in 1976 by the Sertoma Club as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. A marker designating the tree as a “Moon Tree” was installed, but over the years it disappeared.
Now, a new marker stands at the tree, one of many trees NASA offered as seeds to cities and organizations across the nation.
The idea to take seeds from five species of trees aboard the moon mission came from astronaut Stuart Roosa, who piloted the command module while astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the moon.
Roosa’s daughter, Rosemary Roosa, has established the Moon Tree Foundation, to help secure the legacy of the trees.
Rosemary Roosa will speak at the ceremony beginning at noon on Zoom. NASA astronaut Dave Williams is also scheduled to deliver remarks on Zoom.
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