China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead
17 January, 2019, 09:15 | Author: Tara Reeves
"We will use the Chang'e-8 to test certain technologies and do some preliminary exploration for jointly building a research base on the moon", Wu said. In the container, the organisms have air, water, nutrients, and a controlled temperature and humidity that is allowing them to grow.
Images sent back by the probe show a cotton plant has grown well, but so far none of the other plants had sprouted, the university said.
Despite some climate challenges, such as the Moon's changing temperatures, Chinese state media posted a picture of the cotton seeds on Tuesday, and said the seeds were sprouting.
Seeds have sprouted on the Moon for the very first time!
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China has a new farm-on the far side of the Moon.
This Apollo 15 image captures the planned landing locale of China's Chang's 5 lunar sample-return mission - the Mons Rümker region in the northern part of Oceanus Procellarum. Inside you'll find soil, yeast, fruit fly and silkworm eggs, as well as cotton, potato, tomato, and (flowering) thale cress seeds. 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. The ability of plants to grow in space is seen as a crucial element for long-term space missions and for establishing human outposts in the solar system like Mars.
Chinese scientists are hoping that both the potatoes and rockcress will root and sprout in the container within the 100-day experimental period they have set.
"Although it is a biological payload, it laid a foundation and technological support for our next step, that is, to build a lunar base for living", said Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the biological experiment payload, Chang'e-4 lunar mission.
"We have given consideration to future survival in space", Prof.
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