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That first plant grown on the moon? Already dead.

On Monday, we reported that for the first time, a plant seed had germinated on the moon, an early experiment to test whether food could someday be grown on the moon to feed residents of a lunar base. The cotton sprout was inside a canister on China's Chang’e 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. Now, word that the first lunar plant has died. The little seedling froze to death during the lunar night. From GBTimes: Liu Hanlong, head of the experiment at Ch...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Biology, China, Agriculture, Chongqing, Chang, Liu, Chongqing University, Liu Hanlong, Xie Genxin


China's Moon Plants Are Dead

The moon is a lifeless world once again. The cotton plants that sprouted on the moon's far side aboard China's Chang'e 4 lander are dead, done in by the bitter cold of the lengthy lunar night, GBTimes reported today (Jan. 16). These photosynthesizing pioneers were part of Chang'e 4's biological experiment, which also included seeds of potato, rapeseed and Arabidopsis plants, as well as fruit-fly eggs and yeast. These organisms were encased in a 5.7-lb. (2.6 kilograms) canis...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, Earth, Chongqing, Chang, Xinhua, Mir, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, Andrew Jones, Tiangong, Von Karman, Chongqing University, Von KArmAn Crater, Karl Tate


First green leaf on moon dies as temperatures plummet

Cotton plant shoots and leaves lunar far side after sprouting onboard China’s Chang’e 4 landerThe appearance of a single green leaf hinted at a future in which astronauts would grow their own food in space, potentially setting up residence at outposts on the moon or other planets. Now, barely after it had sprouted, the cotton plant onboard China’s lunar rover has died.The plant relied on sunlight at the moon’s surface, but as night arrived at the lunar far side and temperatures plunged as low as...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Moon, The moon, Chang


A cotton seed sprouted – and died – on China’s Lunar Lander

On Tuesday, Chinese media reported that one of the cotton seeds aboard the Chang’e 4 lunar lander sprouted, marking the first time that any biological matter has ever grown on the moon. Unfortunately, the sprout died after nine days upon the beginning of the lander’s first lunar night on Sunday. That’s because temperatures drop to -150 degress Celsius during lunar nights on the moon, and according to Xie Gengxin, chief designer of the experiment, life inside the canister would simply not survive...
Tags: Startups, Science, China, Insider, Chang, Xie Gengxin


This is the first plant grown on the moon

A cotton seed has germinated on the moon. The sprout is inside a canister on China's Chang’e 4 lander that touched down on the far side of the moon earlier this month. From The Guardian: Plants have been grown previously on the International Space Station, but this is the first time a seed has sprouted on the moon. The ability to grow plants in space is seen as crucial for long-term space missions and establishing human outposts elsewhere in the solar system, such as Mars. Harvesting food...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Biology, China, Earth, International Space Station, Moon, Plants, Chang, Chongqing University


Wine on Mars? The World's Oldest Wine-Making Country Wants to Make It Happen

The first human colonists on Mars will have to forgo many of the creature comforts of Earth -- things like enjoying an ozone layer, for example, or opting out of rearing genetically engineered Martian babies. Fortunately, one essential earthly amenity these hardscrabble colonists may not have to give up is wine. Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year-old viticulture tradition, is putting its top space and wine scientists to work figuring out how to grow grapes on Mars. The project, named IX Mil...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, China, Georgia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, The Washington Post, Tbilisi, Chang, Ardmore, International Space Station ISS, Red Planet


Cotton Seed Sprouts on the Moon's Far Side in Historic First by China's Chang'e 4

Before China finished packing up its Chang'e 4 lunar lander to be blasted off on a never-before-accomplished journey to the far side of the moon, scientists slipped in a small tank holding plant seeds. And now, the team announced, a cotton seed has sprouted. That makes it the first truly otherworldly plant in history. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station regularly tend plants to study how growth changes in microgravity (and to diversify astronaut diets in space), and plants an...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, International Space Station, Chang, Stuart Roosa, Meghan Bartels, Chongqing University, Von KArmAn Crater, Facebook Original, Before China, Far Side China, Lunar Landing in Pictures


Plants grown on Moon for first time paving way for lunar base

Plants have sprouted on the Moon for the first time in a mini biosphere paving the way for bases which produce their own food and air. Pictures of the first tiny green shoots of cotton were released by researchers at the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University who are running the experiment on board the Chang'e-4 lunar lander. The Chinese space agency spacecraft became the first to make a soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this month. Plants and flowers h...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, International Space Station, Moon, European Space Agency, Chang, International Space Station ISS, Christopher Jones, Sweden Germany, Yutu, Tiangong, China National Space Administration, People 's Daily, Chongqing University, Von KArmAn Crater


Cottoning on: Chinese seed sprouts on moon

A small green shoot is growing on the moon in an out-of-this-world first after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said Tuesday. The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister since the Chang'e-4 lander set down earlier this month, according to a series of photos released by the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University. "This is the first time humans have done biological growth experiments on the lunar surface," sai...
Tags: Science, Chang, Chongqing University, Advanced Technology Research Institute, Xie Gengxin


Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon

A small cotton shoot is growing on board Chang’e-4 lunar lander, scientists confirm A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated on board a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said.The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister after the Chang’e-4 lander set down earlier this month, according to a series of photos released by the Advanced Technology Research Institute at Chongqing University. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang, Advanced Technology Research Institute, Chongqing University Continue


In the 2020s, China aims to lay groundwork for a moon base — plus missions to Mars

Flush from the success of the world’s first rover mission to the moon’s far side, Chinese space officials said today that they’re planning robotic trips to the lunar south pole to prepare the way for a crewed moon base. The officials discussed future lunar exploration plans less than two weeks after the Chang’e-4 lander’s history-making touchdown, and only a few days after China’s space agency released video of the lander’s descent and lunar surface activities. Chang’e-4 and its solar-powered Yu...
Tags: Science, China, Mars, Chang, Yutu


China to collect samples from moon this year

China will launch a probe to collect samples from the moon around the end of this year, a space official said on Monday, weeks after Beijing hailed the successful touch down on the far side of the moon. The Chang'e-4 lunar probe landed on Jan. 3 and transmitted the first-ever "close range" image of the far side of the moon. China's National Space Administration applauded the event as a first that "lifted the mysterious veil" of the far side of the moon and claimed it as a major achievement for...
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Chang, China s National Space Administration


Watch China's Chang'e-4 probe land on the far side of the moon

On Jan. 2, China stunned the world by landing its Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the moon. Now, you can watch its descent onto the lunar surface, with footage released by the China National Space Administration on Friday.  The video shows the probe finding its way to the Von Kármán Crater, where it will study the surface on the far side of the moon, which always faces away from Earth. State media reports that the mission includes "low-frequency radio astronomical observation, surveying ...
Tags: Science, China, Chang, China National Space Administration, Von KArmAn Crater, Earth State


See The First Ever Panoramic Photo Of The Far Side Of The Moon From China's Chang'e 4

China's historic Chang'e 4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon
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See the First Panorama of the Far Side of the Moon, Captured by China’s Chang’e 4 Lander

The Moon’s far side near its southern pole is a dead, dim place littered with pits and rocks, as the first panoramic image taken by China’s Change’ 4 lander confirms.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, The moon, Planetary Science, Chang, Moon Landings, Change 4, Jade Rabbit 2, Moon Rovers


Watch the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon

China on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the moon's far side, in what its space program hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission to the less-understood sector of the lunar surface. The pictures on state broadcaster CCTV showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang'e 4 spacecraft that transported it on the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, which always faces away from Earth. Watch the video above to see the landing. Video block...
Tags: Science, China, Cctv, Chang


Chang'e-4: China Moon probes take snaps of each other

A Chinese rover and static lander put on the far side of the Moon take pictures of each other.
Tags: Science, Chang, China Moon


China shows first panoramic photos of the far side of the moon

China has released panoramic photos of the far side of the moon after a Chinese spacecraft made the world’s first successful landing there earlier this month. The China National Space Administration has published 360-degree panoramic photos taken by a camera installed atop the Chang’e 4 probe, showing the gray, pock-marked surface of the moon. The images were transmitted via the Queqiao satellite, allowing scientists to conduct a preliminary topographical analysis of the landing site, Chinese st...
Tags: Science, China, Russia, US, Earth, Beijing, Moon, Sichuan, Chang, South Pole Aitken, China National Space Administration, Van Karman


'Total success': China broadcasts new images from far side of moon

Pictures taken by Chang’e 4 lander and rover beamed back to Earth and shown on state TVChina on Friday broadcast pictures taken by its rover and lander on the far side of the moon, in what its space programme hailed as another triumph for the groundbreaking mission.The pictures, shown on the state broadcaster CCTV, showed the Jade Rabbit 2 rover and the Chang’e 4 spacecraft that transported it during the first soft landing on the side of the moon that always faces away from Earth. Continue read...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, China, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Cctv, The moon, Chang


Chang'e-4: First panoramic images from China moon lander

The Chinese space agency releases new vistas from the lunar surface featuring its lander and rover.
Tags: Science, China, Chang


China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'

China's lunar rover got back to work on the far side of the moon Thursday after waking from a five-day hibernation, its official social media page announced. The rover on Saturday went into standby mode to protect itself from temperatures reaching towards 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit), the China Lunar Exploration Program under the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said. The Chang'e-4 mission -- named after a moon goddess -- made the world's first soft landing on the moo...
Tags: Science, China, Chang, China National Space Administration CNSA, China Lunar Exploration Program


China moon rover 'Jade Rabbit' wakes from 'nap'

China's lunar rover got back to work on the far side of the moon Thursday after waking from a five-day hibernation, its official social media page announced. The rover on Saturday went into standby mode to protect itself from temperatures reaching towards 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit), the China Lunar Exploration Program under the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said. The Chang'e-4 mission -- named after a moon goddess -- made the world's first soft landing on the moo...
Tags: Science, China, Chang, China National Space Administration CNSA, China Lunar Exploration Program


Now, it’s China’s turn to explore the Moon

NASA may have landed on the Moon decades ago, but that doesn't mean we know all that much about our nearest celestial neighbor. We're regularly learning new things as we stare at the lunar surface from Earth, and NASA and other space groups have sent various probes and orbiters to study it in greater detail than was possible. Now, it's China's turn. In a landing that lined up nicely with the new year, China's Chang'e 4 touched down on the far side of the Moon and quickl...
Tags: Science, China, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Chang, CNSA


China's Rover Sends Back Pictures From the Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e 4 and Yuta 2 are ready to explore.
Tags: Science, China, Chang, Yūta


There Are Plants and Animals on the Moon Now (Because of China)

China's Chang'e-4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon (Jan. 3 Beijing time, Jan. 2 US), and it's got some living things on board. A small "tin" in the lander contains seeds of potatoes and rockcress (Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, as well as a model organism for plant biology), as well as silkworm eggs. The researchers will watch the plants carefully to see whether the plants successfully perform photosynthesis, and grow and bloom in the lun...
Tags: Science, China, US, Beijing, Chang


Chang'e-4: Chinese rover now exploring Moon

A Chinese robotic rover is getting its wheels dirty after rolling off its landing craft and onto the lunar surface.
Tags: Science, Moon, Chang


'One giant leap': China's Chang'e 4 rover Jade Rabbit 2 sets off on moon mission

Project leader echoes Neil Armstrong’s quote after rover’s successful separation from lander China’s space agency has posted the first photo of its Chang’e 4 lunar rover on the far side of the moon after its groundbreaking touchdown on Thursday.The rover – named Yutu 2, or Jade Rabbit 2 – left the spacecraft, drove off a ramp and began making tracks on the moon’s surface at 10.22pm on Thursday, about 12 hours after Chang’e 4 landed. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Moon, The moon, Neil Armstrong, Chang, Yutu, Jade Rabbit


Mars motivation

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.
Tags: Science, Chang


Moon motivation

What China's Chang'e-4 mission could tell us about the far side of the Moon.
Tags: Science, Chang


China’s lunar probe sends back its first photos of the far side of the Moon

It's not all that often that China breaks entirely new ground when it comes to space science but that's exactly what the country did earlier today by successfully landing its Chang'e 4 spacecraft on the Moon's surface. China's space agency was quick to post new photos snapped from the lander, declaring the touchdown and deployment of its lunar rover a success. This is the very first time that any country has performed a soft landing or rover deployment on the far side of Ear...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, Moon, Carmen, Chang, CNSA



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