Flowers on the Moon? China's Chang'e-4 to launch lunar spring

BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Chang'e-4 lunar probe isexpected to do many things unprecedented in space history after itslaunch later this year, such as touching down softly on the farside of the Moon and taking the first flowers to blossom on thelifeless lunar surface.

The probe will carry a tin containing seeds of potato andarabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage andmustard, and probably some silkworm eggs to conduct the firstbiological experiment on the Moon.

Researchers hope the seeds will grow to blossom on the Moon,with the process captured on camera and transmitted to Earth.

The "lunar mini biosphere" experiment was designed by 28 Chineseuniversities, led by southwest China's Chongqing University, aconference on scientific and technological innovation of ChongqingMunicipality has heard.

The public, especially young people, are being encouraged toparticipate in projects related to the Chang'e-4 mission. The ChinaNational Space Administration (CNSA) launched a contest amongstudents across China in 2016, collecting ideas on the design ofthe payloads.

The "lunar mini biosphere" experiment was selected from morethan 200 submissions, according to the CNSA. Enditem

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