School Children to plant moon tree in honor of Apollo 14

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Children from area schools will honor the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission to the moon by planting a moon tree near the front walk way of the INFINITY Science Center.

The event will take place Thursday Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the INFINITY Science Center construction site in Hancock County.

INFINITY Board Member John McFarland, Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, Rosemary Roosa, students and teachers from Nicholson Elementary of Picayune School will present remarks followed by the planting of the tree.

Rosemary Roosa, daughter of Astronaut Stuart Roosa, will be presented with a booklet about the Apollo 14 mission prepared by students of Nicholson Elementary in honor of her late father.

Officials say INFINITY's mission is to motivate students to take a greater interest in science, technology, mathematics and engineering and enhancing science literacy among the general public.

Moon trees were made famous by Apollo 14 Astronaut Roosa who brought seeds of different tree species on the lunar mission. After returning to earth, the seeds were planted and resulted in over 450 moon trees emerging in the United States and around the world.

For more information please contact 601-347-3928.

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