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Moon Tree at the U.S. Capitol symbolizes NASA’s Artemis legacy

Artemis II commander and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman delivers remarks during a moon tree dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at the United States Capitol in Washington. The American Sweetgum tree, planted on the southwest side of the Capitol, grew from a seed flown around the moon during the Artemis I mission.

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NASA astronaut and Artemis II commander Reid Wiseman delivers remarks during a Moon Tree dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 4, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The American Sweetgum tree was grown from a seed that few had around the moon during the agency’s Artemis I mission in 2022. In April, NASA announced that the agency had selected organizations from across the country to grow ‘Moon Tree’ receive seedlings to plant in their communities. Since their return to Earth, the tree seeds have germinated in the care of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Artemis II is NASA’s first crewed test flight toward a long-term presence on the moon for research and scientific discovery.

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