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'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

 
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'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers. The four-year-old sapling -- grown from a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station (ISS) -- burst into blossom on April 1, possibly a full six years ahead of Mother Nature's normal schedule.

"We are amazed to see how fast it has grown," Masahiro Kajita, chief priest at the Ganjoji temple in Gifu, told AFP by telephone. "A stone from the original tree had never sprouted before. We are very happy because it will succeed the old tree, which is said to be 1,250 years old."

It normally takes about 10 years for a cherry tree of the similar variety to bear its first buds.

The Ganjoji temple sapling is not the only early-flowering space cherry tree. Of the 14 locations in which the pits were replanted, blossoms have been spotted at four places.

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04/12/2014 05:03 AM
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Re: 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
Cool news banana2
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04/12/2014 05:06 AM
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Re: 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
Cosmic rays would speed up the evolution process?

Carpet bomb humanity with them then. We need this.
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04/12/2014 05:25 AM
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Because the seed was orbiting for 8 months that means that it was traveling at a very high speed for 8 months which means that time on Earth has moved faster relative to the seed by a small amount. So the seed's time has commenced at a slower rate so one would think that it would take a little bit longer (seconds?) to sprout when it returns; it traveled into the future by a fraction of a second or possibly seconds. However, the number of orbits the ISS takes in one day is a lot, and the number of orbits during 8 months is really a lot. These night/day cycles are somehow detected by the seed in orbit and it perceives that several years have passed. So it sprouts way earlier on return.
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04/12/2014 05:35 AM
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Re: 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
Whew! amazing.....we could have cabbage every day if they took some seeds up next time...
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04/12/2014 06:34 AM
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Re: 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
They could achieve the same thing on earth with artificial UV lighting for increased hours of sunlight.

But of course that's if you fight of the DEA thinking your growing a certain type of weed.
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