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Most of us believe that we know what a tree needs in order to grow tall and strong and thus be able to produce enough oxygen to sustain animal and human life. We know to plant it in very rich healthy soil, we know to water it, and we know that it needs sunshine. This experiment was done, not to see if we were correct, but to see if we as humans could create a self sustaining ecological unit for outer space long term inhabitation. The trees did not grow tall and thrive, although they had everything we thought they needed. They were missing a vital thing. Wind, resistance. Without wind, the tree did not send its roots down deep, and therefore could not grow tall and strong and produce enough oxygen for the experimental life bubble. We are actually a lot like the tree, we can be given everything that man knows that a child should need to grow up healthy and strong, but without resistance, trials, tribulations, the child will be weak and fall in the face of the first windstorm it encounters.

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