Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander

Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander

These images, captured by a camera aboard the Chang'e 4 lander, reveal never-before-seen details of the far side of the Moon. The scientists behind the experiment rendered the seeds dormant for two months - from the testing phase to when vehicle landed on the moon.

The Moon landing, heralded as a step forward for space exploration, hopes to investigate the potential for mankind to survive away from Earth.

The country's first mission to Mars is scheduled for around 2020, Wu Yanhua, deputy head of China National Space Administration, said at a news conference in Beijing Monday.

Camera IconIn this photo provided January 12, 2019, by the China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the lunar lander of the Chang'e-4 probe is seen in a photo taken by the rover Yutu-2 on January 11, 2019. Chang'e-8 will focus on scientific surveys and experiments, such as testing important technologies needed to construct a science and research base on the Moon. It contains soil and cotton, rape, arabidopsis and potato seeds.

Astronauts have previously cultivated plants on the International Space Station and China's Tiangong-2 space laboratory.

After Chang'e-4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, the ground control center instructed the probe to water the plants to start the growing process.

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A cotton-seed carried to the Moon by China's recent Chang'e-4 probe has sprouted, the first for any biological matter to grow on the Moon, the media reported on Tuesday.

"This has achieved the first biological experiment on the moon of human history, to sprout the first bud on the desolate moon", Xie said in a university blog.

After Chang'e-5 returns lunar rocks from the surface the next mission, China will launch Chang'e-6 to bring samples back from the south pole of the moon.

This is not the first time a total lunar eclipse has coincided with a major Boston sporting event. The arabidosposis seeds contribute via its photosynthesis and could be a food source, but the plant is generally considered to be weed with a short growth cycle that could be useful for observation.

One night on the Moon lasts about 14 days on Earth, during which the temperature falls as low as minus 180 degrees centigrade.

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