May science grow from NASA’s moon seeds

01/03/2014 10:15:00 AM
Chuck Robinson

I sipped a lot of Tang during my childhood in the 1960s. Tang is an orange-flavored drink mix formulated by General Foods Corp. that was famously touted as the drink of astronauts.

John Glenn drank it on his Mercury flight. I recall it being advertised as the drink of the Apollo astronauts. We sipped through it bendy straws while watching the 1969 moon landing on TV.

Our middle class household had Tang, a vacuum cleaner shaped like Saturn and a zillion reminders of where science was taking us.

Of course, today our cell phones should be reminders of where science and technology can take us, but I think we take them for granted. Much like I take having crunchy apples months after harvest. Thank you, controlled atmosphere storage technology.

So I intend to enjoy watching this grand experiment of growing plants on the moon. I hope to draw some of my grandnieces and grandnephews around, get them science-related toys and encourage them to be amazed.

crobinson@thepacker.com

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