Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead

China's moon lander sprouted a plant, but now it's dead

"For example, can we build houses on the moon with lunar soil using 3D printing technology?"

The video shows the craft orbiting and then descending into the Von Kármán crater which is covered in a thick layer of lunar regolith, or Moon dust.

Officials from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said that the forthcoming Chang'e-5 mission will be launched before the end of the year, and will bring Moon rock samples back to Earth.

The Chang'e 4 lander, which softly landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, carried soil with cotton and potato seeds, fruit fly eggs, and yeast, BBC News reported.

Many have questioned whether the experiment is likely to contaminate the moon, however, experts believe this is unlikely also considering there are more than 100 bags of human waste on the Moon left behind by the Apollo astronauts.

Images sent back by the probe show a cotton plant has grown well, but so far none of the other plants had sprouted, the university said.

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.

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.

The canister containing China's Chang'e lunar biosphere experiment 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.

This is not the first time a total lunar eclipse has coincided with a major Boston sporting event.

"We have given consideration to future survival in space", Prof. The plants produced oxygen and food by photosynthesis and sustained the fruit flies.

The moon Sunday night will be the first in a series of three full supermoons, which is when a full or new moon is at or near its closest approach to earth in its orbit, or perigee, according to EarthSky.

The journey took more than 20 days, and scientists at the China National Space Administration spent two months doing final checks before sending it into space.

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