Pasco County Libraries is taking on the NASA challenge — “Plant the Moon” — to attempt to grow plants in a simulated moon base environment.
A libraries team has embarked on a 10-week challenge that started in February, to examine how vegetation grows in lunar soil.
When the growing period is complete, the findings will be submitted and showcased during a virtual symposium scheduled for April 29 and April 30, with NASA scientists and other researchers.
The challenge was issued by the Institute of Competition Scientists in collaboration with the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) Exolith Lab, according to a news release.
The UCF lab provided lunar soil simulant for the libraries to use, to conduct the experiment.
“We are so excited for this unique opportunity,” said Hugh Embry Library associate Sarah Pass in the release.
“Our team, the MoonRakers, is attempting to find ways to grow plants effectively in a simulated moon base environment. We hope our customers will enjoy this experience as much as we are,” said Pass.
The public is welcome to stop by to see the plants growing in the center of the library, at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City.
Those interested also can track the plants’ progress on the Hugh Embry Library’s Facebook page.
Published March 17, 2021