Claremore native son Stuart Roosa to be remembered in Moon Tree planting by Museum of History
In 1971, Claremore native and NASA astronaut Stuart “Stu” Roosa traveled to the moon on the Apollo 14 space flight.
As a former employee of the US Forest Service, Roosa took with him hundreds of seeds from loblolly pine, sycamore, sweetgum, redwood, and Douglas fir trees. This was a joint project with NASA and the U.S. Forest Service, who wanted to see how space travel would affect the seeds. These seeds spent ten days in space, landing on the moon and then returning safely to Earth with the astronauts.
Upon safe return to Earth, the seeds were planted in nurseries by the U.S. Forest Service. Known as “Moon Trees”, many of the seeds grew to be healthy, mature trees. Descendants of those trees have been planted in cities all over the world by the Moon Tree Foundation, which is dedicated to educating the world about the United States Space Program, the USFS, and the legacy of astronaut Stuart Roosa.
With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing this year, Roosa’s hometown Claremore is recipient of a Moon Tree, to be planted during a ceremony hosted by the Claremore Museum of History at the Lynn Riggs Gazebo Park, just east of downtown Claremore on Will Rogers Boulevard.
On Sunday, May 23, beginning at 2 pm at the Gazebo Park, the tree planting ceremony will also include an unveiling of the museum’s new 6-foot-tall Apollo 14 LEGO statue, and educational activities for families.
Moon Tree Foundation President and the daughter of Stuart Roosa, Rosemary Roosa, will be attending.
Bring your families by the Claremore Museum of History at 2 pm on Sunday, May 23 to celebrate this historic event!