China has brought plants and animals to the moon to cultivate for its future 'Lunar Palace' where people will live
China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft has brought plants and animals to the moon after successfully landing on the far side of the natural satellite of Earth yesterday.
As well as radiation monitoring and mineralogical experiments, Chang'e-4 probe contains potato seeds, silkworm eggs and arabidopsis seeds - plants related to cabbage and mustard that are commonly used by biologists as a model for how plants behave in different environments.
The seeds and eggs are kept in a small cylindrical tin and are expected to grow inside the 0.8L container.
The 'lunar mini biosphere' is part of Beijing's biological studies in space as it plans to build a lunar base and eventually put people on the moon by 2036.
Researchers hope the potato and arabidopsis seeds will grow to blossom on the moon in 100 days, with the process captured on camera and transmitted to Earth, according to a previous report from Huanqiu.com citing Xinhua News Agency.
The silkworm eggs are also expected to hatch into larvae before growing into silkworm moths.
The 6.6lb (three kg) tin is made from a specially developed aluminium alloy. It is seven inches (18 cm) tall, with a diameter of six inches (16 cm) and a net volume of 1.4 pints (0.8 litres).
As well as seeds, it contains water, a nutrient solution, air and equipment including a small camera and data transmission system.
Astronauts have previously cultivated plants on the International Space Station. Rice and arabidopsis were also grown on China's Tiangong-2 space lab.
Both of these experiments were conducted in low Earth orbit and under very different conditions.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/46824.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
kraven, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
What right have they got to do that
SaturnV, Bunker, United Kingdom, 17 hours ago
I for one am NOT impressed !!!!!
我一点都不觉得惊讶! ! ! ! !
HondoPX, Smallville, United States, 19 hours ago
Bugs, taters, and mustard. Traditional Chinese dish.
dovedove, manchester, United Kingdom, 20 hours ago
Hopefully this will all spark a new space race
MatthewBlack01, Birmingham, 23 hours ago
And we send aid to China?
Steven Miller, Re-Education Camp Deplorable, United States, 1 day ago
... they forgot the spliff
Big Tx, Dallas, United States, 1 day ago
Wish we could still do this
Threb, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
Don't see the point of the silk worm larvae - it's completely redundant. The results of this kind of experiment are well-known and have been performed on the International Spacestation and even on Skylab back in the 'seventies. The eggs will hatch, the larvae will float around until they find a leaf, which they will consume. They will pupate and turn into functional moths that cannot fly properly because of the low gravity, and they will not be able to mate or lay any more eggs. End of experiment. It's not as if they need to eat moths at some point or make silk tapestries on the moon is it?
HunSen, Southampton, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
I thought it was the dark side, will it grow at night?
reallysuitsyousir, Snowlandia, United States, 2 days ago
Imagine what we could achieve if we all worked together and didn't spend hundreds of billions on war every year.
PO Chip77, Long Island NY, United States, 2 days ago
Now entire Moon belong for glorious China.
cheeky Monkey, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Well you took over almost all of the earth, just look at your bases..
Boredomlevels9000, Downtown Wakanda, Uganda, 2 days ago
Who else thought some poor canines and felines had been stuffed in that bin after reading the headline?
Ooohlala, South West, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Good one China... not happy with destroying this planet we will introduce something new to another! Nasty race!
Avroe105, toronto, Canada, 2 days ago
Just send Matt Damon to space and he will grow potatoes.
time2, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
No doubt there will be human colonies on the moon and chinese unlike other nationalities are making preparations for it
Eric100, Manchester, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Don't trust this lot as far as I can throw them.
Jojo, Gold Rush Country, United States, 1 day ago
At least the rest of the world tries to protect endangered animals.
John W. Burns, Wide Open Spaces, United States, 2 days ago
what is the point...nothing will survive unless you bring everything from earth...how are you supposed to sustain life with no atmosphere and no organic materials?
Chincheck, Martinez, United States, 2 days ago
Allan, Stirling, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
I thought the USA who were the first to land and plant their flag on the moon, was USA property... lol
Steve B, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Just like everything else made in China, it will stop working a day after the guarantee runs out (at best) ha ha!!!!
Relativity, Somerset, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Have the Chinese forgotten about photosynthesis?~ How will anything grow with NO oxygen, water or sunlight?
holiday, Watford, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Can we believe these guys?
LokiUK, Darwen, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
So the seeds etc aren't actually grown on the moon... they're being grown in a tiny sealed earth atmosphere.