They might represent everything the Chinese could do in front of the rest of us in space yesterday.
To be fair, the people who designed the experience weren’t surprising. But many of us still feel frustrated. Tuesday is a great day for space science in China, when the Chang’e 4 lander of the National Space Agency sent a picture of a potato plant on the surface of the moon. (Although it was tightly packed), but it was announced the same day it was gone We had no moon potatoes.
Xie Gengxin, the chief designer of the experiment, knows that anything in the box will likely die on the first lunar night, which begins on Sunday and lasts for 14 lunar days. Compared to 260 degrees Fahrenheit over two weeks of “daylight”) that’s a big volatility for unmodified young seeds.
It is now likely that something else in the container will decompose. This means that we are unlikely to squeeze out the first moon of fruit fly eggs in containers. So much for being born in space right now
Chinese news reported that the seeds remained dormant for two months between final inspection and takeoff and 20 days during take off and landing. But they woke up from stagnation when they touched the Earth on January 3 on the “far side” of the moon when they were first watered to spark the growth process. But a full moon night meant that the walkers went to “sleep” on Sunday, and Shi knew that the plants were unlikely to survive any longer. (Although China is posting pictures of plants growing)
Although the plant was previously cultivated on the International Space Station. But the moon is a more complex environment. Simulating the environment in which plants can thrive at this point makes no sense, as scientists continue to collect data on what is possible to build micro-ecosystems on the moon.
Fortunately, there was almost no chance that the creatures would contaminate the moon because they were trapped in a box inside the probe.
Researchers speculate that this experience may help gain knowledge about building lunar bases and long-range habitats on the moon.
Honestly, we’re hoping for a bigger start for Lunar Base with mooncakes. But we have to wait.
It turns out that all of these experiments win ideas from a student competition to design the appearance of the miniature biosphere organized by the China Space Agency, the Ministry of Education, the Institute of Science, and the Association of Science and Technology. From other organizations, 6 ecosystem types outdid 250 other elements and were officially designed by the space agency itself.
While we hope to see more of this experience, this is a big first step.
But now the challenge of growing the first plant or producing the first life on the moon remains open. As the Chinese set out on more missions before America returned to the moon. But we are farther from the biological supremacy of China than we thought.
China made history earlier this month as the first human to land on the dark side of the moon. (The side that hasn’t encountered the world before) Now that they have a great advertisement, they can be the first to grow a plant there.
On January 15th, the Chang’e-4 Moon probe sent out images of the cottonseeds that appeared again in the Small Biosphere Experiment. This is just one of China’s interesting lunar experiences, which, frankly, insult the US space program. (Issues related to politics and finance more than anything else)
According to Nature, astronauts are trying to build a tiny envelope to test the possibility of building a larger biosphere on the moon.
The National Space Administration of China has released photos of new cotton buds, which appear to grow alongside other sprouting plants, according to the South China Morning Post, and experiment professor Liu Hanlong said the cotton seed was the first seed to sprout. But there are also rapeseed and Saturday potatoes.
Professor Xie Gengxin, the scientist who designed the lunar environment experiment in China, said that six creatures have been chosen for travel. (Other than human), including cotton, rapeseed, potatoes, Arabidopsis (or cress) yeast and fruit flies. This may mean that we will also soon receive news of the first birth of life on Earth on the moon.
Liu chose these organisms for his micro-ecosystems because each would play a role.Sealed plants in sturdy radiation-resistant cans produce oxygen and food to feed the fruit flies, and aim natural earth light in tubes specifically designed to stimulate photosynthesis. Then the yeast digests the plant debris and flies out the waste to create an additional food source. It is a very simple and beautiful design.
These are essential ingredients for the success of human space habitats, Liu said, as potatoes can act as a source of food, cotton can be used in making clothes, and rapeseed can be a source of oil. (While we use the files of the world’s most protein-rich oils for consumption and fuel)
The Chinese are the first to show how serious they are in studying human survival in space and taking concrete actions regarding future space rules for human habitation.
Previous experiments were conducted on the International Space Station to test potatoes and sea cucumbers. But the researchers concluded that although these could grow in low-gravity ecosystems, the researchers said. But it will not grow in places with low gravity like the moon, and now China is proving them wrong.