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[DIGEST: IFLS, China Daily, SCMP]

Potatoes are not just one of the hardiest crops on Earth; they may soon be the first crop to grow on the moon, thanks to Chinese astronauts. While this may seem like a strange proposition, researchers at the whimsically named International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru, demonstrated last year that potatoes could be grown on Mars, by replicating Martian soil and atmospheric conditions. This piqued the interest of the Chinese space program, which is scheduled to make its next lunar expedition in 2018.

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