For the first Time, is grown in China, according to the information on the moon a Plant. In a kind of a special greenhouse in the Chinese lunar probe “Chang’e 4” worked in a cotton seed, reported the official news Agency Xinhua on Tuesday.

in addition to the cotton, the researchers had to fly to Xie Gengxin, from the Chongqing University, other plant seeds as well as eggs, fruit and yeast-like fungi sent to the moon. You should benefit as a kind of Mini-biosphere of each other. Images transmitted from the probe, showed, according to Xinhua, however, that of the plants, and cotton flourished.

The Mini-biosphere reminds a bit of a big can. The 2.6 kilogram vessel includes water, earth, air, two cameras and a System for temperature control. In addition, natural light from the surface of the moon is directed into the plant. After the landing of the probe, the seeds were watered to encourage growth.

“Chang’e 4” China was able in the beginning of January for the first time in the history of space travel, a controlled landing on the far side of the moon. After a robot has taken the vehicle with the name “Jadehase 2” in operation.

Long, growth is not treated the cotton-plant, however, because “Chang’e 4” just one more earth-day-long and very cold lunar night with temperatures down to minus 170 degrees has begun. The probe went on Sunday into a sort of sleep mode, reported Xinhua. “The life in the tank would not survive the lunar night,” said Xi accordingly. Now, the organisms to rot in the biosphere. The Experiment aims to bring important insights, for example, to a permanent settlement on the moon to build.

The moon is a researcher Ralf Jaumann from the German center for air and space travel, and looks straight into the long lunar days and nights to be a challenge. “No matter what the plan wants to build days up there, you have to think of something, how do you get light and energy.” At a certain point on the moon it is in about two weeks light and then two weeks of dark.

The moon-cotton is the first Plant that grew on the moon. In All but was pulled in the past, vegetables. According to the Guinness book of records as early as 1982, was grown in the research popular Plant Arabidopsis on the Soviet space station Salyut 7.

a few years Ago, the crew of the ISS was the first on the space station grown salad to eat. At the beginning of December of 2018, a greenhouse was also a satellite of the German center for air and space travel (DLR), All shot in the tomatoes and to grow, to germinate.

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