WASHINGTON (CIRCA via MOBIUS.LAB) — For the first time in history, China sent a lunar explorer to our natural satellite.
It landed on the mysterious side that faces away from Earth. The mission is also the first visit to the "dark side of the moon."
The Chang’e 4 touched down with some unusual travelers: seeds, fruit fly eggs and yeast.
Scientists from Chongqing University in China developed a sealed biosphere habitat. They carried different seeds such as oilseed rape and potato, but the only one that sprouted was a cotton seed, becoming the first seed to sprout on the moon.
Even though the plant did not resist the -238°F of the first lunar night, the experiment may help acquire knowledge for long-term residence on the moon.