Professor Liu Hanlong, head of the experiment, announced cotton seeds were the first in the experiment to sprout, the South China Morning Post reported. As well as being "humankind's first biological experiment on the moon", it's an encouraging development for our ambition to send humans to Mars.
The Chinese Moon lander was carrying among its cargo soil containing cotton and potato seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs.
The agency said four more lunar missions are planned, confirming the launch of Chang'e 5 by the end of the year, which will be the first probe to return samples of the moon to Earth since the 1970s. These plants could be used to produce food or they could be incorporated into future life support systems-both of which would be crucial to long-term space missions.
And even the cotton plant is looking pretty peaky compared to seedlings in a control setup the scientists established on Earth. Yeast would then decompose plant and fruit waste while also providing a food source for the insects.
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Polish state television TVP reported that the men have proclaimed their innocence, but Zaryn said he could not confirm that. Further indictments are expected, he said. "It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said.
The landing is a milestone for China's fledgling space program, marking the first time that China has completed a significant space mission that was not already performed previously by the U.S. or Russian Federation.
A combination of "the biological experiment on the moon's surface, the first plant buds to be cultivated on the moon, and, over time, the first green leaf grown on the moon, provides foundations for research and experience for human beings to establish a lunar base in the future".
Chang'e-4 made its historic landing on January 3 after three weeks in lunar orbit, and the mission lander and rover have begun testing science payloads, taking images and roving around the landing area. The series of missions will also lay the groundwork for the construction of a lunar research base, possibly using 3D printing technology to build facilities.