The International Forest of Friendship in Atchison, Kansas is a memorial to the men and women involved in aviation and space exploration. The Forest was started for the Bicentennial by the city of Atchinson and the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots. The forest contains trees representing all 50 states and 35 countries. The Moon Tree, a sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), was planted on 24 July 1986 (Amelia Earhart's birthday) by Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans and is dedicated to seventeen astronauts who lost their lives furthering space exploration. Plaques with the astronauts' names circle the tree.
The tree is located at 39 deg 31.923 min N, 95 deg 08.938 min W.
photographs courtesy of Kelly W. Sandahl
The Ninety-Nines International Forest of Friendship Page
Moon Tree Home Page