January 15, 2019
China’s Chang’e-4 mission has successfully started growing plants on the moon.
Cotton seeds can be seen sprouting in a photo released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
The mission took a variety of seeds to the moon as part of its biosphere experiment and this marks the first time ever that biological material has been cultivated on the lunar surface.
Other biological matter on the Chang’e-4 mission includes cotton, oilseed rape, potato, Arabidopsis, yeast and fruit flies.
More plants are expected to sprout in the next 100 days, the Chinese space agency claims.
Developing the ability to grow plants in space is an important step towards successful long duration space flight to Mars and beyond.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:50 am