Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

Greenery is coming for outer space: China's Chang'e 4 mission seeds have become the first plants to sprout on the moon's surface. Xie Gengxin, the experiment's designer and the dean of the Institute of Advanced Technology at Chongqing University told the South China Morning Post.

Images sent back by the probe show a cotton sprout has grown well, but so far none of the other plants has taken, the university said.

"We have given consideration to future survival in space", he said.

China's second lunar rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2), which is also the first-ever rover to drive on the moon's far side, will face great challenges brought by complicated terrains in its future exploration, Chinese space experts said Monday. This will take place in the enclosed canister and will not affect the lunar environment, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) stated.

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Inside are cotton, potato, and arabidopsis seeds - a plant of the mustard family - as well as fruit fly eggs and yeast.

The crops are protected by temperature regulation and insulation within Chang'e-4's lander, shielding the them from the moon's harsh conditions.

Testing new technologies like 3D printing or the use of moon soil in construction for future missions could lay the groundwork for building on the moon's surface, he said. These images, captured by a camera aboard the Chang'e 4 lander, reveal never-before-seen details of the far side of the Moon.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Chinese researchers released pictures from the probe showing the tiny plant growing in a small pot inside the spacecraft, hundreds of thousands of kilometers away from the Earth. 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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"In addition, the yeast can decompose the waste of plants and drosophila melanogaster and grow, and can also serve as food of drosophila melanogaster".

Weeks later, it's made headlines again, for another world first. All countries are welcome to participate in China's follow-up lunar exploration and deep space exploration projects, he said.

The system started watering the seeds after the prober landed on moon and less than a week later, green shoot already started appearing.

China has sprouted a cotton seed on the moon - and hopes to be growing potatoes on the dark side of Earth's neighbor within the next 100 days, it's been revealed.

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