Chang’e-4, the Chinese vehicle that made waves recently for making the first soft landing on the far side of the moon, isn’t done mystifying those of us down here on Earth.
In addition to a lander and rover, Chang’e-4 also features a six pound canister filled with a variety of seeds—like that of cotton and potatoes—along with fruit fly eggs and yeast. The intention is to create a miniature ecosystem that could provide more information to scientists on the feasibility of sustaining life on a planet outside of our biological origin.
Now, Chang’e-4 has achieved a first for the second time: The cotton seeds in the canister have begun to sprout, making these plants the first to be grown on a planetary body other than Earth.
First in human history: A cotton seed brought to the moon by China's Chang'e 4 probe has sprouted, the latest test photo has shown, marking the completion of humankind's first biological experiment on the moon pic.twitter.com/CSSbgEoZmC
— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) January 15, 2019
People all over the planet were amazed.
Great feat!! I trust the Chinese to break many records in the next decade. Well done to the team that has organized this mission.
— Deinabo Horsfall (@DeinHorsfall) January 15, 2019
— Julia McLane (@mclane_julia) January 15, 2019
— Johnny Kid (@johnnykidlx) January 15, 2019
The remarkable achievement got many thinking about the implications as well.