Chinese cotton seed sprouts on moon

Chinese cotton seed sprouts on moon

The China National Space Administration announced on Tuesday that cotton seeds brought by the Chang'e 4 mission to the lunar surface have sprouted.

As for why they chose these plants specifically for the lunar experiment, Liu explained that this is part of their long-term goal of eventually building a base on the Moon.

The Chang'e 4 is the first mission to land on and explore the Moon's far side, facing away from Earth.

Images released by the CNSA now appear to show cotton seeds sprouting, in what the ruling Communist Party's official mouthpiece, The People's Daily, labelled a "first in human history". "Learning about these plants' growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of a space base", Professor Xie Gengxin, the experiment's chief designer, told the press.

The lunar probe carried seeds to the far side of the moon in an effort to grow plants on the surface for the very first time! It has now achieved another first: having a seed successfully germinate while on the moon.

Chinese scientists are also attempting to grow seeds from rapeseed, potato and mouse-ear cress, and are trying to hatch fruit fly eggs. - China will seek to establish an worldwide 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. Wu went on to add that NASA offered to help China observe Chang'e 4's touchdown using the American space agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reports UPI.

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The plants grow inside a 18cm tall canister, designed by 28 Chinese universities, that has an air supply, water and nutrients. NASA says, 'The full moon will also be at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, called perigee. He said that the cotton and rapeseed were chosen because they could provide the astronauts with the raw material needed to produce clothing and oil.

Fred Watson, Australian Astronomical Observatory's astronomer-at-large, told the BBC that the development was "good news".

"China will carry out its first-ever exploration mission to Mars around 2020", he said.

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the US, Russia and Europe in space through manned flights and the planned construction of a permanent space station.

More than 170 pictures have been taken by the cameras and sent back to Earth, according to the team.

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