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‘Cherry tree from space’ amazes and baffles Japan – The National

The four-year-old sapling, grown from a cherry stone that spent time aboard the International Space Station, burst into blossom on April 1, possibly a full six years ahead of Mother Nature’s normal schedule.

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TOKYO // 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 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 Natures normal schedule.
The early blooming baffled Buddhist monks at the ancient temple in central …

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