The achievement heralds the promise of using earthly plants to support human outposts on other worlds.
The selection and training of the country's first astronaut to go to space on a science mission will take place in the coming year, the head of the Turkish Space Agency announced.
The launch team will wait until SpaceX launches four private passengers to the International Space Station on Friday.
NASA's $37 billion rocket system aims to return astronauts to Moon and establish a long-term lunar colony as a precursor to eventual human exploration of Mars.
NASA researchers will begin to analyze the sample tubes kept sealed so that they could be studied years later, with the help of the latest technical breakthroughs.
A total of 74 unique NASA photographs are up for sale, including 26 taken on the Moon during the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says preventing such a crisis through persistent dialogue and diplomacy will be the task that political leaders in the countries concerned must fulfil together.
Parts of SpaceX rocket that were abandoned in space after a NASA-led mission in 2015 will crash into the Moon in March, experts say.
The sunshield will be permanently positioned between NASA's Webb telescope and the Sun, Earth and Moon, ensuring the observatory is kept in the shade as it completes its mission.
It is expected to beam back new clues that will help scientists understand more about the origins of the Universe and Earth-like planets beyond our solar system.
Visited by more than four million people in 12 countries in four years, the NASA Space Exhibition has arrived in Turkey, featuring special pieces from outer space and dozens of high-tech space instruments.
The rock is about 41 metres in diameter and orbits the Sun but remains close to Earth. It may have been the result of a collision striking the Moon, based on the light it reflects.
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