Moon Sycamore

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Moon Sycamore


Parent tree location: The Moon

Distance from MOSI to parent tree: 238,855 (avg) miles


Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in small containers in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project.


Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the "Moon Trees", the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States (often as part of the nation's bicentennial in 1976) and the world. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo program. Known as a Half-Moon tree, our Sycamore is a seedling from one of the original moon trees.


Did You Know?

NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island has served as the launch center for every American manned space mission and hundreds of advanced scientific spacecraft. The Apollo moon missions, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Mars Rover missions have all launched from the east coast of Florida.

Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL


Learn more about Stuart Roosa, NASA and Moon Trees

NASA Biographical Data: Stuart Allen Roosa

IMLS Florida Memory: NASA and the Space Program Change

Moon Trees



Moon Garden

When the Apollo 14 mission carried Stuart Roosa and his sycamore seeds to the moon in 1971, an observer could have watched it launch from the place where our Moon Sycamore stands today. While no plants grow on the moon, of course, our moon garden is designed to look its best in the shadows of moonlight, with white and pale-colored plants reflecting the glow of our nearest neighbor.

Click here for more information on plants currently found in the Moon Garden. 

Moon Sycamore by Terry Klaaren


From traditional art to the extremely quirky, American born artist Terry KLAAREN draws on a 50-year innovative background as a self-propelled creative. His diverse abilities evolved from cartoonist and magazine illustrator into the world of amusements and movie industries as a scenic artist. In 1993 he built the MOSI Recyclosaurus in the front of this building while simultaneously building a career as an award-winning Fine Art artist, traditional Plein air painter and art workshop teacher.


Years of painting plein air whenever traveling has quickened his hand and natural abilities. Numerous trips to study in the Museums of Europe and North America, combined with his daily life as a muralist and a non-stop canvas fine artist, has advanced his style of “realistic impressionism.” As an award-winning Plein air artist, Klaaren created "Have Brush - Must Travel" opportunities to clients who collect his on site paintings from his travels. His quest to paint in National Parks here and abroad has led him to specific sites of historical and natural beauty where he sets up his easel and canvas to capture the moment in paint. He is often sponsored as “artistic entertainment” at fundraising events for charities and organizations and is sought after for appearances and commission paintings at weddings, social parties and other special events.


“I paint everyday. I truly enjoy meeting the challenge of creatively translating scenes with paint and other media. I love coaching other people to find and expand on their own personal talent. Being an all-around artist is a role I happily play.” – Terry Klaaren





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