China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

China Details Future Moon Plans, Including Polar Research Station

Undated image sent by China's Chang'e-4 probe shows one of the cotton seeds carried to the moon by the probe has sprouted on the moon.

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.

Liu Hanlong, who is leading the experiment, said Tuesday that potato seeds and rapeseeds also had sprouted, according to the South China Morning Post.

China's miniature biosphere experiment has yielded sprouting cotton seeds, and they are the first plants to germinate on the Moon - an important first step in creating a viable, self-sustaining lunar colony.

China has made history by becoming the first country to sprout seeds on the moon.

As for how plant growth has become possible, the cotton seed is actually being grown in a special environment inside the Chang'e-4.

First, it's a wolf moon, a traditional name for full moons in winter. Wu went on to add that NASA offered to help China observe Chang'e 4's touchdown using the American space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reports UPI. He said the two space agencies shared data related to the recent moon landing.

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Once the probe landed, the Chinese space agency sent it a signal to begin watering the seeds. The experiment is contained within an 18 cm, 3 kg (7 lbs.) canister designed by 28 universities in China.

For years, crew members aboard the International Space Station have been tending to a "space garden", a chamber that has grown lettuce, radishes and other foods. He said that the cotton and rapeseed were chosen because they could provide the astronauts with the raw material needed to produce clothing and oil.

It would mean that astronauts could potentially harvest their own food in space, reducing the need to come back down to Earth to re-supply, the BBC reported.

With the success of the cotton underway, China plans to continue its plans for further space exploration The goal of the next moon probe will be to bring samples of the moon back to Earth.

The organisms will gradually decompose in the totally enclosed canister, and will not affect the lunar environment, said the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

"China will carry out its first-ever exploration mission to Mars around 2020", he said.

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