Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, Louisiana

21 July: The Marshall Star reported on a Bicentennial celebration at MSFC's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., that included planting of a "moon" tree to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the first Apollo landing. Michoud was the place where giant Saturn moon rockets were fabricated. Participating in the program were Lt. Gov. James Fitzmorris of La., MSFC Director Dr. William R. Lucas; and Robert Littlefield, manager of the Michoud facility. The tree was a pine grown from seed carried to the moon and back in 1971 on the Apollo 14 mission as part of research into effects of weightlessness on seed germination. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has planted the returned seeds, and the seedlings had been set out in various public areas over the U.S. such as in Philadelphia's Washington Square. As the tree was planted in front of the Michoud administration building, a time capsule was deposited to be opened during the nation's Tricentennial in 2076. The capsule contained documents, tapes, and pictures relating to the space program.(Marshall Star,21 July 76, 4)

From NASA SP-4021, Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1976

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