Chinese cotton seeds sprout on the moon


For the first time anybody is aware of, seeds have sprouted on a celestial body beyond Earth. It contains soil and cotton, rape, arabidopsis and potato seeds.

The People's Daily, the official state media for China's ruling Communist Party, tweeted a picture of the experiment, and claimed it is "humankind's first biological experiment on the Moon". - China will seek to establish an global lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said on January 14, weeks after landing the rover on the moon's far side. 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. At least two of them will land on the moon's south pole and conduct research, he said.

On Jan. 3, the Chang'e-4's lander became the first human-built spacecraft to touch down on the moon's so-called "dark side".

Seeds carried to the moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration.

The China National Space Agency's Chang'e 4 lander is exploring the mysterious side of our lunar neighbor that faces away from Earth. Total lunar eclipses are often call "blood moons" because when the sun, Earth and moon align, the sunlight that passes through the Earth's atmosphere will appear to turn the moon red. The cotton can make material for astronaut's clothes.

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To the Australian Astronomical Association astronomer-at-large, Fred Watson, the development was "good news", reports the BBC.

"It suggests that there might not be insurmountable problems for astronauts in future trying to grow their own crops on the moon in a controlled environment".

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes behind the Earth and into the Earth's shadow. Among the images are a panoramic view of the lunar terrain, a snapshot of the Yutu 2 rover, and a sped-up video from the craft's descent camera showing its landing.

The CNSA declared they will return back to the moon this year with the Chang'e-5 mission, as well as launch three successive missions in the following years.