China Sprouts FirstEver Plants on the Moons Surface

first_imgStay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface 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.The Chang’e 4 lander, which softly landed on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, carried soil with cotton and potato seeds, fruit fly eggs, and yeast, BBC News reported. These tiny seeds are enclosed in a sealed container on the Chang’e 4 lander, and these crops could eventually form a self-sustaining biosphere on the moon.This seed experiment was created to test how space impacts photosynthesis and respiration. The three-kilogram container was designed by 28 Chinese educational institutions, and enabled the plants and organisms to have good air, nutrients, and water to sprout in an Earth-like environment.First in human history: A cotton seed brought to the moon by China’s Chang’e 4 probe has sprouted, the latest test photo has shown, marking the completion of humankind’s first biological experiment on the moon— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) January 15, 2019Despite 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. A People’s Daily tweet said the test photo, “marks the completion of humankind’s first biological experiment on the moon.”Could more veggies come to the moon soon? It’s likely in the future if all the environmental conditions are met.“We have given consideration to future survival in space,” Liu Hanlong, the seed experiment’s head professor, told the South China Morning Post. “Learning about these plants’ growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base.”More on Could Be Growing More Veggies in SpaceChina Reveals Detailed Photo of the Far Side of the MoonChina’s Yutu 2 Rover Makes Tracks on Far Side of the Moonlast_img

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