‘Moon trees’ symbol Tilden Regional Park
November 28, 2015 - Supermoon
BERKELEY — Stuart Roosa spent some-more than 33 unique hours orbiting a moon in a winter of 1971 though believed his pioneering debate and a overwhelming sights he witnessed did not change him — not physically, spiritually or otherwise.
“Space changes nobody,” a Apollo 14 wanderer told author Andrew Chaikin in 1990. “You move behind from space what we move into space.”
His speculation was tested not only on himself, though on a bud “moon trees” he carried there and back. Hundreds of seeds filled a steel bin in his personal transport pack for NASA’s third goal to land on a moon.
Two of them grew into seashore redwoods that now building atop a Berkeley hills. Mostly forgotten, solely by park rangers and a occasional space-buff tourist, they mount on conflicting ends of Tilden Regional Park.
Roosa’s tree attempt was meant to foster a U.S. Forest Service, that once employed him as a firefighting smokejumper. He also hoped to find out how a seeds would tarry 0 gravity, deviation and other perils of roving over Earth.
“Yep, they germinated,” says Bart O’Brien, manager of a Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden, where one of a trees is located. “Clearly, by looking during a tree, there was no effect, that doesn’t warn me during all.”
Far some-more challenged by California’s drought than by a lunar excursion scarcely 45 years ago, a tree is nestled low inside a garden, confirmed by a East Bay Regional Park District.
“The seed from that this tree sprang was taken to a moon,” says a pointer nearby a bottom of a trunk.
The other moon tree — about 2 miles north — is unmarked and harder to find. Just 4 feet high when it was relocated from a Forest Service hothouse to a Berkeley park in 1976, it now overlooks a meadow nearby Tilden’s Environmental Education Center.
Roosa’s trees are healthy, O’Brien says. They’re nourished by haze season engrossed by a needles, and park rangers have supplemented them with additional H2O during a drought.
Roosa, who died in 1994, would have been gratified by a condition of a Berkeley redwoods that will expected endure all of a flourishing Apollo explorers.
Surrounding a garden’s moon tree is a same colourful immature undergrowth that dots redwood forests along California’s North Coast: hulk sequence ferns, leatherleaf ferns, sword ferns, large-leaved lupine, timber rose, Humboldt larkspur, salmonberry, Chamisso’s sidestep nettle. Its taller neighbors embody a Douglas fir and an comparison redwood timber planted in a 1940s.
Although no grave list was kept, moon trees are were sparse opposite a United States — from Oregon to Florida — and even as distant as Brazil and Switzerland. In California, moon trees were planted during Humboldt State, in Arcata; Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo; Friendly Plaza in Monterey; Capitol Park in Sacramento; and several other locations.
Not all of Roosa’s seeds — that enclosed redwoods, firs, sycamores and sweetgums — fared so good as they were means to parks and set roots around a United States. A loblolly hunger planted during a White House no longer stands, and Idaho volunteers this tumble were fighting to save a heat-stressed and bug-infested hunger in Boise.