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Seeds taken to Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted

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Kristen Harrington | 16 January, 2019, 21:59

Wu said Monday that NASA shared information about its lunar orbiter satellite in hopes of monitoring the landing of the Chang'e 4 spacecraft, which made China the first country to set down on the far side of the moon earlier this month.

"We will use the Chang'e-8 to test certain technologies and do some preliminary exploration for jointly building a research base on the moon", Wu said.

Professor Xie Gengxin, the Chinese scientist in charge of the lunar plant experiment, said if successful, the project would signal that China was catching up in space exploration.

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This handout photograph taken on January 12, 2019 and received from Chongqing University on January 15 shows a cotton sprout (left) growing in an experiment inside the Chang'e-4 moon probe on the far side of the moon. The later is carrying a handful of experiments to conduct on the Moon, according to The Verge. Images sent by the probe showed that a cotton sprout had started to grow, though no other plants were found growing.

China's bold moon-exploration plans don't stop with the pioneering Chang'e 4 mission, which made the first-ever soft landing on the lunar far side on January 2.

Along with a number of sophisticated scientific instruments, the mission's lunar lander carried a sealed container, the lunar mini biosphere experiment. The development could be significant for future long-term space missions.

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After Chang'e-5 returns lunar rocks from the surface the next mission, China will launch Chang'e-6 to bring samples back from the south pole of the moon.

China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years, as it races to catch up with Russian Federation and the U.S. and become a major space power by 2030.

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"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", he said.
The plants will make oxygen and food which is used to sustain the flies, while the... The rover will be reactivated after 14 days when the moon's far side enters daytime. Liu Hanlong, chief of the first biological growth experiments on the moon, said rapeseed and potato seeds have also sprouted, but cotton was first.

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