Seeds Have Sprouted On The Moon For The First Time

Seeds Have Sprouted On The Moon For The First Time

Farmers in India might still struggle with growing crops on the soil of Planet Earth, but the Chinese seemed to have grown their first plant on the moon already, according to images of the country's government.

The Chang'e 4 probe which is named after the Chinese moon goddess made the world's first soft landing on the moon on January 3. The minimum temperature on the Moon can fall to as low as -250 degree Celsius, according to the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States.

The seeds include cotton, rapeseed, and potatoes.

The overarching implications of this successful experiment are huge. At least two of them will land on the moon's south pole and conduct research, he said.

"And potato could become a major source of food for future space travelers", Liu said.

Around the end of this year, China plans to launch Chang'e 5, which is to collect and bring back samples from the near side of the moon, the first time that has been done since 1976.

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In an attempt to better understand how plants and animals could grow and live on the lunar surface, Chongqing University equipped the Chang'e 4 lander with a "mini-biosphere" experiment, which is created to be a self-sustaining ecosystem, according to Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua.

Professor Xie Gengxin, the Chinese scientist in charge of the lunar plant experiment, said if successful, the project would signal that China was catching up in space exploration.

The Chang'e 8 mission, in addition to scientific surveys and experiments, will test key technologies to lay the groundwork for the construction of a science and research base on the moon, Xinhua reported.

A photograph taken on January 7 and released on Tuesday by China's National Space Administration showed the seeds sprouting on the far side of the moon. The far side is the one that is not seen from the Earth.

The lunar atmosphere is too thin to sustain life itself, but it had not previously been known whether it was possible for plants to grow within controlled conditions on the moon - although they had been grown on the International Space Station. They will need the ability to grow their own food, and this Moon experiment suggests they'll be able to with the right equipment.

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